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Heat index values likely to top 100 today

• Jun 30, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Dangerous temperatures will develop in the Norwalk area this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat and humidity will create uncomfortable conditions, especially today. Heat stress and heat-related illnesses are possible, especially for the elderly and those sensitive to heat.

Heat index values will exceed 100 degrees Saturday and might reach 100 degrees again on Sunday, the weather service reported.

 

The weather service said 100 degrees is the minimum criteria needed for a heat advisory, which will be in effect from noon to 10 p.m. today.

The highest heat index values are expected across Northwest Ohio today. In fact, heat index values in the Toledo area could exceed 105 degrees for an hour or two.

By Sunday, the warmest readings are expected to shift further east into Northeast Ohio. Additional heat advisories are possible for Sunday.

The weather service said conditions will vary locally, with urban areas often seeing heat index values higher than nearby rural areas. Also, it may be slightly cooler near Lake Erie.

A heat advisory means that the combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

People are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.

Those who work or spend time outside should take take extra precautions, including rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Here are other precautions:

 

• Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

• Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

• Drink plenty of water.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Because a heat stroke is an emergency situation, 9-1-1 should be called.

The heat will stick around during the first week of July. The high is projected to hit at least 90 through Thursday. Lows won’t drop below 70.

Today, the sun will rise at 6:01:12 a.m. and set at 9:07:26 p.m.

On Sunday, the sun will rise at 6:01:43 a.m. and set at 9:07:18 p.m.

And on Monday, the sun will rise at 6:02:15 a.m. and set at 9:07:08 p.m.

 

Local forecast

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - Sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 101. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

Tonight - Mostly clear, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Sunday - Sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 99. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Sunday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind around 7 mph.

Monday - A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Tuesday - A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tuesday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.

Independence Day - A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Wednesday night - A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Thursday - A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Thursday night - A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Friday - A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

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