More heat into the first half of the weekend

A ridge of high pressure is forecast to park itself over the mid Mississippi River Valley today and continue to influence our weather at least into the weekend.  Humidity levels are expected to be high enough to allow heat indices to rise to 105 to 110 degrees along and west of I-65 Friday and Saturday.  Points east of I-65 will see them rise to at least 100 degrees each day.  Thus, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Saturday the western part of the forecast area and a Heat Advisory is in effect over the east.

Those taking part in outdoor activities should remember the following rules about dealing with heat, they could save your life!

1.)  Slow down.  Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11 AM and 5 PM.

2.)  Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

3.)  Foods, such as proteins, that increase metabolic heat production and water loss should be avoided.

4.)  Drink plenty of water!  Drink water even if you do not yet feel thirsty.

5.)  Avoid alcoholic beverages.

6.)  Do not increase your salt intake unless directed by a physician.

7.)  Spend as much time in air conditioning as possible.

8.)  Stay out of the sun as much as possible.  Sunburn will make it that much more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.  When spending time in the sun, use a sunscreen with a high SPF.

If suffering symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, get medical attention immediately.



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