Heat advisory in effect until 8 pm this evening
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a heat advisory…which is in effect until 8 pm this evening.
The heat index will rise to between 100 and 104 this afternoon as unseasonably hot air moves into the area.
People who must work or spend time outdoors today… and those sensitive to heat are at risk for developing heat illnesses.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot weather is expected. The combination of high 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.
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.
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