Excessive Heat from the Plains to the Northeast
The heat of Summer will be blasting from the Central Plains to the Northeast this week. Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued for 8 states from the middle of the nation to the Eastern Seaboard. More than a dozen states are under Heat Advisories.
In the Central Plains, triple digit heat combined with high humidity ahead of a cold front is pushing the heat index to near 110 in some areas. The hot and humid air will continue as southerly winds blow ahead of the front.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
High temperatures will be well into the 90s over the region. Parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will see the mercury climb above 100 into this weekend. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids if you will be outdoors for a long length of time. Stay in an air-conditioned room as often as possible, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued around Philadelphia with a Heat Advisory for New York City. The thermometer will reach well into the 90s, with the heat index well above 100.
Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels