The heat continues today (Friday) and right into the weekend from the Plains through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast. Excessive Heat Warnings include Minneapolis and Chicago where the heat index will climb above 110 at times.
Heat alerts include nearly two dozen states from the Deep South and Plains, through the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes into the Northeast. Highs will push well through the 90s, with some areas seeing the triple digits.
Heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible. People most vulnerable include those who are spending lots of time outdoors, those who do not have air conditioning, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic ailments.
Record highs will be possible Saturday through the eastern Great Lakes into Appalachians. Washington, D.C. may reach to the century mark.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache, thirst, and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nausea, and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin, fast and strong pulse, sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.
The blast of record warmth will shift into New England on Sunday as highs surge into the upper 90s with high humidity.
Residents are reminded to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, avoid prolonged periods in the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly. 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.
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. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. 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.
As always, make sure you are taking the proper precautions and staying safe if you plan to be outdoors.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels