The Last Brutal Day of Heat?


Published on July 7 2012 8:35 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

An excessive heat warning remains in effect through 7pm today, but this could be the end of the roasting weather for a while.

High temperatures today are once again expected to soar to between 100 and 110 degrees.  Afternoon heat index values will reach dangerous levels peaking close to 110 degrees.  Cooler and less humid weather is expected to arrive Sunday and Monday.

A reminder that the effects of heat are cumulative, and worsen as excessive heat continues for a fifth consecutive day today.  Prolonged exposure to the heat may quickly result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, especially if your body is working hard.

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, schedule 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, so phone 911.  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 quickly reach lethal levels.

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

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.