Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Heat advisory continues: Know the signs of heatstroke

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[July 28, 2011]  The National Weather Service in Lincoln says there will be very hot and humid conditions across parts of central and southeast Illinois again Thursday afternoon.

A heat advisory remains in effect from noon to 7 p.m. for the counties of 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 Havana, Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville, Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon, Shelbyville, Effingham, Flora and Lawrenceville.

Temperature: Look for temperatures to soar back into the middle 90s, which will combine with dew points in the middle to upper 70s to produce heat index readings of 105 to 110 degrees.

Impacts: The dangerous levels of heat and humidity will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Precautionary and preparedness actions:

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 heatstroke. (Heat disorder symptoms) Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

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. Heatstroke is an emergency -- call 911.

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A heat advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a 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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[Text from National Weather Service, Lincoln office]

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