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National Weather Service Issues Excessive Heat Watch For Friday And Saturday

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The National Weather Service says high pressure over much of the U.S. will raise the heat index to 105 degrees or higher.

An excessive heat watch has been issued for Southwest Ohio beginning Friday afternoon and ending Saturday evening.  The National Weather Service says high pressure over much of the U.S. will raise the heat index to 105 degrees or higher.

Officials with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County say extremely high temperatures can lead to health issues, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, especially among the elderly, infants and children, the homeless and those with chronic medical conditions.  They offered the following safety tips:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device. Use air conditioning if available. 
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight. 
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. 
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Adjust blinds, shades, and awnings to keep out the sun.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day. 
  • Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles. Temperatures can reach dangerous levels rapidly.
  • Stay hydrated  Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.  Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside. 
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar. 
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.