Heat Advisory in effect until Sunday evening (at least)

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN

…DANGEROUS HEAT EXPECTED FOR THE MID-SOUTH THROUGH THIS WEEKEND…

.THE COMBINATION OF RECORD BREAKING HEAT IN THE TRIPLE DIGITS AND INCREASING HUMIDITY WILL ALLOW FOR DANGEROUS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HEAT INDICES THROUGH SUNDAY. AN UPGRADE TO AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IS POSSIBLE FOR SOME LOCATIONS.

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT SUNDAY…

* HEAT INDEX READINGS…105 TO 110 DEGREES. LOCALLY HIGHER READINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

* TIMING…EACH AFTERNOON AND EVENING BETWEEN NOON AND 7 PM.

* IMPACTS…HEAT RELATED ILLNESS SUCH AS HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE ARE A REAL THREAT. DEHYDRATION CAN OCCUR QUICKLY. THE EFFECTS OF THIS HEAT WAVE WILL BE CUMULATIVE GIVEN THAT IT IS GOING TO PERSIST FOR SEVERAL DAYS. REMEMBER…BEAT THE HEAT AND CHECK THE BACKSEAT. DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME. ALSO REMEMBER TO CHECK ON THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITHOUT INDOOR AIR CONDITIONING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. 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.

Heat is the #1 weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined! For heat safety tips from MWN, click here.  For detailed heat safety information from the NWS, click here.  Remember that a Code Orange air quality alert is also in effect for Shelby, Desoto, and Crittenden Counties.  Another good reason to just stay indoors if at all possible.

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