(Update: 8/26/13) – Heat Advisory remains in effect until late Tuesday evening

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August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

351 AM CDT MON AUG 26 2013

…HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS CONTINUE THIS WEEK…

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-

PAGE….HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT TUESDAY

* TEMPERATURE…DAYTIME TEMPERATURES WILL REACH THE MID TO UPPER 90S FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. THIS WILL COMBINE WITH HIGH HUMIDITY TO CREATE HEAT INDEX VALUES RANGING FROM 100 TO 109. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE AN INCREASED THREAT FOR HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE…ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WORKING OUTDOORS.

COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLDHEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT TUESDAY

HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL GENERALLY BE IN THE 95 TO 100 DEGREE RANGE BOTH TODAY AND TUESDAY…WITH HEAT INDICES IN THE 100 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE IN THE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS. THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF THE HEAT WAVE WILL LEAD TO HEAT STRESS…PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING OR ENGAGING IN OUTDOOR

A 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.

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 9 1 1.