Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

AccuWeather Alert: Excessive heat warning in effect

AccuWeather Alert: Excessive heat warning in effect

A widespread heat weave has sparked advisories and warnings from the Midwest to the Northeast.

The heat advisory is in effect from Saturday afternoon until Monday evening.

Between 3 to 4 p.m. the high is expected to hit 96 degrees, said Charles Mott, National Weather Service meteorologist, with the low at 81 degrees Sunday morning. Hot weather, especially long duration heat waves, is surprisingly high on the list of most risky types of weather in terms of injuries or deaths each year. And while the high temp for Sunday is forecast to be about 98 degrees, it is expected to feel more like 105 degrees out there in the afternoon. The Excessive Heat Warning is in effect from noon today through late Monday evening. Heat index values will again be into the upper 90s and even the triple digits for some.

Peak heat indices will remain in the upper 90°s to near 100° for the next several days.

Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Also, vehicle interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

As of Friday, the National Weather Service's forecasts for Monday and Tuesday called for high temperatures of 90 on Monday and 89 on Tuesday. City officials are encouraging residents to cool off at one of the city's air conditioned recreation centers, beaches or wading pools, some of which will be open later than usual for those looking to escape the heat.

Given it's the first heat wave of the summer, it is important to remember and practice hot weather safety measures.

Gusty winds, low relative humidity and high heat will bring the next round of high fire conditions across parts of Northern California and Utah.

Here are some ways you can keep your house cooler. Check the temperatures in your neighborhood with our Current Temperatures Map. Victims of this illness should be treated in the same ways as those with heat exhaustion but do not give fluids.

Anyone who'll be working or otherwise spending time outside between now and Monday should take extra precautions. Those headed outside should wear light clothing and sunscreen and make sure to take frequent breaks in shade or air-conditioned areas.

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