As predicted, today will be the hottest day of this week’s record-setting heat wave! Air temperatures in the mid-90s are anticipated with heat indexes approaching 110 degrees. As such, a rare Excessive Heat Warning will go into effect at 11am today and last until midnight tonight. A Heat Advisory remains in effect. These conditions are extremely dangerous to human and animal health. Thankfully, rain chances tonight along with a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms will help usher in cooler air going into the weekend.

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.