The Heat Advisory for our entire Illinois and Indiana listening area continues until 7pm (CDT) tonight (Monday, June 18th).
However, the National Weather Service has extended the Heat Advisory for Fayette County in Illinois until 8pm (CDT), tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19th. The Excessive Heat Warning for the St. Louis area has also been extended through Tuesday, June 19th.
TIMING…A dangerous combination of heat and humidity will continue through early Tuesday evening.
HEAT INDEX VALUES…Up to 103 due to temperatures in the lower to mid 90s, and dewpoints in the lower to mid 70s.
IMPACTS…The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will likely lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures and high humidity will occur. This combination will create a situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible, especially for those living in un-air conditioned homes or apartments. People in the Advisory area are advised to avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun. Also, keep plenty of liquids on hand and try to stay in an air conditioned environment.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the 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.
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 immediately.
Where`s baby? Look before you lock! 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.