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Summer Heat Wave this Week

Which would you prefer, a dry heat or humid heat? If you said humid heat, then you are in luck with the weather forecast this week!

Thanks to all the rain we received in the Spring, our soils are full of moisture and our grass hasn't been any greener. The trade off is now that June sun is blazing down on us, that moisture is evaporating out of the soils and lakes, thus increasing the amount of humidity. When you factor this into high temperatures in the 90s, you get heat index values over 100 degrees.

What exactly is the heat index? It measures how hot it really feels outside when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. Check out the chart in this story.

The forecast this week calls for high temperatures to creep up into the mid 90s, which will put heat index values between 103 and 107 degrees each afternoon. That is getting into a danger heat category! Here are some tips to remember when dealing with the heat.

  • Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
  • Wear sun screen if hitting the local water parks
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Avoid working outside between 2 and 6 in the afternoons
  • Never leave children or pets in locked cars
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade

What makes this heat wave worse is the fact it is not technically Summer yet! That officially begins June 20th. Stay cool!

Stay weather alert and have a plan in place in the event severe weather pays your neighborhood a visit. You can depend on the First Alert 25 Weather Team to keep you ahead of the storms as they develop.  

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