The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Excessive Heat Watch Starting Thursday, July 21st and running through Friday, July 22nd.
A hot and humid air mass will be moving in Thursday and Friday causing afternoon temperatures to reach the low 90s with heat index values topping out between 105 to 112 degrees. They are predicting little relief into the evening and overnight hours for lows are expected to be in the mid 70’s.
Counties under this excessive heat watch include: Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Mason, Mclean, Menard, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, and Vermillion.
With Temperatures this high, heat related illnesses can occur. For protection and safety measures, please reduce your time spent outside (particularly avoiding afternoon activity), wear sunscreen, be sure to drink plenty of water, Have a cool place to cool off at, and make sure all pets and animals have plenty of water. Also be sure to check up on neighbors and relatives.