The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued an excessive heat warning…which is in effect from 10 am to 9 pm EDT Thursday. The excessive heat watch is no longer in effect.

Temperatures will soar into the lower 90s across northern Ohio today. This combined with the high humidity will push the heat index to between 100 and 105 degrees. Temperatures will reach the middle 90s on Thursday with heat index values in excess of 105 degrees.

The period of oppressive heat and humidity will persist into Thursday afternoon with temperatures expected to reach the middle to upper 90s. Combined with high humidity levels…this will push afternoon heat index values to between 105 and 115 degrees Thursday. This prolonged period of dangerously high heat and humidity will pose a significant risk of heat illness. Nighttime heat indices will fall to the middle to upper 70s with the warmest readings in urban areas.

precautionary/preparedness actions

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on relatives and neighbors.

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 heat stroke. wear light weight 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. heat stroke is an emergency-call 911.

An excessive heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to 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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