Excessive Heat Warning issued for Thursday

(Graphic: National Weather Service)

(Southeastern IN) – An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for the area from Noon to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service says dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 111 degrees are expected.

Forecasters say extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

You’re urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

In addition, 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 lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. 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, and if you see someone affected by it, call 9-1-1.