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Intense heat and high humidity levels to prevail over central and southeastern Illinois this weekend

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[JULY 23, 2005]  Intense afternoon heat combined with tropical moisture levels will produce dangerous heat index values Saturday through Monday afternoon. Winds may pick up to around 10 mph Saturday afternoon and from 10 to 20 mph Sunday afternoon but will add little in the way of relief from the heat.

For the counties of Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fulton, Jasper, Knox, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Richland, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford, including the cities of Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Effingham, Flora, Galesburg, Havana, Jacksonville, Lawrenceville, Lincoln, Mattoon, Peoria, Shelbyville, Springfield and Taylorville:

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a heat advisory in effect from noon Saturday to midnight Monday for all of central and southeastern Illinois.

Unusually high heat and humidity levels will result in heat index values ranging from 105 to 110 Saturday afternoon, with readings around 110 degrees on Sunday. Actual high temperatures Saturday will range from 93 to 98 degrees, while on Sunday the mercury is forecast to soar to around 100 degrees. Overnight low temperatures will drop only into the 73 to 78 degree range both Saturday and Sunday night.

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A heat advisory is issued when high humidity is expected to combine with hot temperatures to make it feel like it is 105 degrees or greater. Avoid prolonged work in sunshine or in poorly ventilated areas. Also, keep plenty of liquids on hand and try to stay in an air-conditioned environment.

Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are usually the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion, cramps or, in extreme cases, heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions. Friends, relatives or neighbors should check on people who may be at risk.

[News release from The Emergency Email Network]

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