This week will bring Marshall County its hottest weather of the summer! The National Weather Service is projecting that heat indexes (“feels-like” temperature) will reach nearly 100 degrees on Monday and Tuesday with air temperatures approaching 90.

Wednesday and Thursday will be the high point of the heat wave with Thursday being especially concerning. Record temperatures and heat indexes near 110 degrees are in the forecast. Rain relief does not look likely.

Stay tuned to professional forecasters and Marshall County EMA’s social media for updated information.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

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 lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.

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.

(Graphics courtesy of the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana)