After sweltering temperatures were felt across the Plains this past weekend, there will be some relief felt for the rest of the week. It will still be warm, but not as uncomfortable with highs in the 80s and low 90s. The excessive heat is on the move and will take aim for a new part of the country, the Southeast.
In the Southeast, daily high temperatures will peak between 90 and 100 degrees but with the heat index it could feel as hot as 105 or even 110 degrees through Independence Day! Heat Advisories have been issued in parts of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina. Record highs may be set in several cities in the Southeast.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun, and check in on relatives and neighbors. 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.
Heat sensitive people and those who are slow to acclimate to meteorological summer will be most prone to heat illness. Dehydration and prolonged exposure or strenuous physical activity outdoors during the hottest time of the day could lead to heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke. If you have to be outside, wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.