Extreme HEAT and HUMIDITY grip region; heat index makes temps feel like 105 degrees

- Extreme heat and humidity is enveloping much of the region Thursday morning. Highs will climb to around 96 degrees but the heat index will make some areas fell like temperatures are between 100 - 105 degrees.

Heat Advisories are in place from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday with a chance of a storm possible.

Temperatures will remain in the 90s until mid-week next week when we might see them drop back down into upper 80s.

Heat Advisory Precautionary/Preparedness Actions From The National Weather Service:

A HEAT ADVISORY means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. 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 and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. When outdoors, 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. Call 911 in an emergency.

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