Hot Enough for You?

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Published on July 5 2012 2:01 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Roasting hot weather is to continue for our area through the weekend.

Here's the latest from the National Weather Service:

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT
SATURDAY.


* TEMPERATURE...HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY AND SATURDAY WILL RANGE FROM
  100 TO 105 DEGREES OVER CENTRAL...EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN
  ILLINOIS. HIGHS OVER 100 ARE ALSO LIKELY IN MANY AREAS ON
  SATURDAY...ALTHOUGH LOCATIONS NORTH OF I-74 WILL BE A FEW
  DEGREES COOLER. DEW POINTS IN THE MID 60S TO LOWER 70S WILL
  COMBINE WITH THE HIGH HEAT...TO PRODUCE HEAT INDEX VALUES
  RANGING FROM 103 TO 110 EACH AFTERNOON. NIGHTTIME HEAT INDEX
  VALUES WILL REMAIN ABOVE 75 DEGREES.


* IMPACTS...THE EFFECTS OF HEAT ARE CUMULATIVE...AND WORSEN AS
  EXCESSIVE HEAT CONTINUES FOR SEVERAL DAYS. PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO
  THE HEAT MAY QUICKLY RESULT IN HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT
  STROKE...ESPECIALLY IF YOUR BODY IS WORKING HARD.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF
DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT
EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. 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. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT...LIGHT COLORED AND LOOSE FITTING
CLOTHING...AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR
PETS IN AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE...AS TEMPERATURES INSIDE WILL REACH
LETHAL LEVELS QUICKLY.

The burn bans remain in place for Effingham and surrounding area fire districts until further notice.

Also, all Unit 40 outdoor facilities including school building playgrounds and athletic venues are closed due to the excessive heat and dry conditions.  The closure remains in effect through Sunday, July 8.  Check our stations and the websites starting Monday for potential future closures due to excessive heat concerns.  You may also contact Effingham High School at 540-1269 for additional information.