Heat and humidity will continue to climb across the middle of the nation through the weekend. On Thursday, highs were in the 90s across Oklahoma with heat indices well into the triple digits. Duluth, Minnesota set a record high in the low 90s. Temperatures weren’t quite as warm on Friday but heat index values are expected to remain high through the holiday weekend.
When the heat index begins to climb in the 90s and 100s, heat related illness becomes more likely. Be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and take plenty of breaks, especially during the warmest part of the day.
Here’s a look at the forecast for the South Central region through the end of the week:
Temperatures are expected to be 5 to 10 degrees above average over much of the Plains. The humidity will also increase as dew points climb, pushing up the heat index and making it feel extra uncomfortable.
Here are some heat safety tips to keep in mind the next few days:
- 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.
- Never leave children, disabled adults or pets in parked vehicles! Always check the back seat as soon as you park your car.
- Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
- 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.
Little improve is expected into this weekend, as the strong high pressure ridge expands to the north and west. If you are planning on being outdoors for an extended period of time for the holiday weekend, be prepared for the heat from the Plains to the Southwest.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi has more on the heat into the 4th of July holiday weekend at this link.