An early season, long duration heatwave will bring intense heat, high humidity, and heat indices 95 to 100+ degrees each day.  Near record warm overnight lows will offer little to no relief at night.

Heat is the #1 weather-related cause of death in the U.S. each year! Take precautions and avoid being outside during the peak heat of the day. Outdoor workers, children, elderly, and those with chronic health conditions are especially at risk. Know the signs of dehydration and heat related illnesses.  Don’t focus on the exact air temperature each day; whether it is 90, 95, or 100 degrees outside, it won’t feel much different with the high humidity and heat indices 95 to 100+ each day.

Marshall County EMA Director Jack Garner says the excessive heat watch will be in effect from Monday morning through Friday evening.  Citizens can expect dangerously hot conditions with heat index values around 100 degrees. Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities. A lack of cooling overnight will increase impacts on the body as well for those lacking sufficient means of cooling. 

Citizens, especially those who work outside, should drink plenty of fluids.  Those who can, should stay in the air conditioning, and stay out of the sun.  Citizens are also encouraged to check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances, this is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.