Monday, July 18, 2016

Excessive Heat Watch

For the first time this year we are under a heat-related weather headline. An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect from Thursday early afternoon through roughly dinnertime Friday evening. That alert is issued by the National Weather Service when extreme heat is anticipated over a certain duration of time. For the Stateline, we are expecting high temperatures in the middle and upper 90s on Thursday, Friday, and perhaps Saturday. Combining the heat with high humidity values (dew points well into the 70s) will lead to heat index values above 100° for many hours on both Thursday and Friday.
In fact, much of central portion of the United States is under some sort of heat-related watch, warning or advisory. The advisories stretch from Louisiana to the Canadian border. The core of the highest heat will remain just to our west, but we will see the hottest weather we've witnessed this year. We may see temperatures exceed 96°, which would be the hottest temperature we've seen since 2012. Of course, that was the summer we saw several 100-degree days. Maximum heat index values could exceed 110° in spots. As a result it is extremely important to remember to stay hydrated, check on children and the elderly, wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing, and avoid direct sunlight.

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