Friday, July 15, 2011
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Excessive heat returning to area for extended period beginning Sunday

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[July 15, 2011]  A message released by the National Weather Service in Lincoln at 3:20 a.m. Friday says that oppressive heat and humidity will return to central and southeast Illinois next week.

InsuranceAn excess heat watch is in effect from Sunday morning through Thursday evening for the counties of Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, Fulton, Tazewell, McLean, Schuyler, Mason, Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Cass, Menard, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Shelby, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland and Lawrence, including the cities of Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Havana, Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville, Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon, Shelbyville, Effingham, Flora and Lawrenceville.

Temperature: High temperatures will climb into the lower 90s by Sunday, then will reach the middle 90s by the middle of next week. Dewpoints in the middle 70s will combine with the heat to create heat index values of between 105 and 110 degrees Sunday through Thursday.

Impacts: Heat stress will be possible through the period, especially if you spend significant amounts of time outdoors or are involved in any strenuous activity.

Precautionary and preparedness actions:

An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Emergency managers and local officials should prepare now for the long period of heat and humidity being forecast for Sunday through Thursday.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for later updates.

For more information and updates, visit

[Text from National Weather Service, Lincoln office]

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