Dangerous Heat to Continue Through
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[August 26, 2014]
LINCOLN - Intense heat and humidity
will continue across central and southeast Illinois through at least
Tuesday. High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will range from 90
to 95 degrees. With dew points in the middle and even upper 70s,
this will produce dangerous heat index values of 105 to 113 degrees
in many areas. The worst of the heat will be in area from
Beardstown to Lincoln to Mattoon southward, where excessive heat
warnings are in effect.
It is important to keep these heat safety tips in mind:
- Know the
symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat
stroke is an emergency condition. Call 911 if someone is
exhibiting symptoms of heat stroke.
- If you will be outdoors for any length
of time, wear light weight and loose fitting clothing, and
drink plenty of water.
- Schedule any strenuous outdoor
activities for early morning or the evening to avoid the
worst of the heat.
- The very young, the elderly, and
people without access to air conditioning are especially
vulnerable to the heat.
- Try to find an air conditioned
environment and stay in it as much as possible. Check with
your local community to see if
cooling centers have been set up in your area.
- Never leave pets, children, or
disabled adults in an unattended vehicle. Vehicle interiors
can reach lethal temperatures in a manner of minutes.
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Record heat index values recorded from Saturday and Sunday
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