Excessive Heat Warning in effect Friday

…VERY HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE MID-SOUTH FRIDAY…

VERY HOT AIR WILL SPREAD INTO THE MID-SOUTH TODAY AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING FRONTAL SYSTEM. HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL ALSO BE QUITE HIGH LEADING TO DANGEROUSLY HIGH HEAT INDEX READINGS ACROSS MUCH OF THE MIDSOUTH. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE FROM THE MIDDLE 90S TO 103 DEGREES TODAY. HEAT INDICES WILL RANGE FROM 107 TO 113 DEGREES.

SLIGHTLY DRIER AIR WILL ARRIVE ON SATURDAY BEHIND A FRONT HELPING TO KEEP HEAT INDEX READINGS BELOW HEAT ADVISORY CRITERIA.

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 1 AM CDT SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 1 AM CDT SATURDAY.

* HEAT INDEX READINGS…BETWEEN 110 AND 113 DEGREES.

* TIMING…BETWEEN 11 AM FRIDAY AND 1 AM CDT SATURDAY.

* 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 HAS PERSISTED FOR SEVERAL DAYS. ALSO REMEMBER TO CHECK ON THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITHOUT INDOOR AIR CONDITIONING. REMEMBER, “BEAT THE HEAT AND CHECK THE BACKSEAT.” DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME. PROVIDE COOL WATER AND SHADE TO PETS AND LIVESTOCK.

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 ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. 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. CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

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.

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