The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for much of the region, which is in effect until 7 PM CDT Sunday. The Heat Advisory is no longer in effect.
* TIMING…through Sunday evening.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Peak heat indices will be around 110 degrees this afternoon most areas. Some locales may reach as high as 115. On Sunday, peak indices will range from 100 to 110 degrees. A slight chance of thunderstorms and some added cloud cover may hold heat index values down in some areas Sunday.
* IMPACTS…The combination of the persistent hot temperatures and high humidity results in a high risk of heat-related illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also, car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… 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 heatstroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on relatives and neighbors.