EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT SATURDAY for:
Knox-Stark-Peoria-Marshall-Woodford-Fulton-Tazewell-McLean-Schuyler-Mason-Logan-De Witt-Piatt-Champaign-Vermilion-Cass-Menard-Scott-Morgan-Sangamon-Christian-Macon-Moultrie-Douglas-Coles-Edgar-Shelby-Cumberland-Clark-Effingham-Jasper-Crawford-Clay-Richland and Lawrence counties
Very high temperature and heat index readings will result in a significant risk of heat related illnesses into the first part of the weekend.
TEMPERATURE…High temperatures will generally be in the mid 90s today and Saturday, with higher readings possible near the Illinois River valley.
HEAT INDEX VALUES…Heat index values will range from 110 to 115 degrees both Friday and Saturday afternoon.
IMPACTS…Heat illnesses may occur rapidly with prolonged exposure and overexertion.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of intense heat will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a DANGEROUS SITUATION in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
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 light weight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
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.