Weather Alert

Heat Advisory Extended Through Monday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 7:00pm CDT Monday. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity will occur from this afternoon through Monday afternoon. Heat index values will peak from 100 to 107 degrees in the afternoon hours with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and dew points in the 70s.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and 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. Beat the heat, check the backseat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
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 light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
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. Call 9-1-1.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun. And check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Weather Today

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High: 94. Heat indices between 100 and 105. Winds: Light Southeast.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 75. Winds: Light Southeast.

SUNDAY: Sunny, hot and humid. High: 95. Heat indices between 100 and 105. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.

Joe Crain

Storm Team 20 Meteorologist






















Almanac

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

NORMAL HIGH: 85
NORMAL LOW:
63

RECORD HIGH:
101 (1936)
RECORD LOW:  48 (1890)

SUNRISE: 6:18 a.m.
SUNSET: 
7:44 p.m.

If you're planning on attending any of the local festivals this weekend, make sure you dress comfortably for the sweltering heat.

Triple digit heat indices are expected over the next several days and most of central Illinois is under a heat advisory until 7:00 p.m. Monday. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity will occur afternoon through Monday afternoon. Heat indices will peak from 100 to 107 degrees as afternoon high temperatures top out in the lower to mid- 90's with dewpoints in the 70's. Be careful if you plan on spending time outdoors. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity increases the risk for heat-related stress and illness. Remember to check on the elderly and those without air conditioning.

While a few showers or isolated thunderstorms for our northern most counties along and northeast of I-74 are possible Saturday, the rest of mid-Illinois will be rain free until a cold front moves through Wednesday into Thursday with showers and thunderstorms and an eventual break down of the extreme heat and humidity.


THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the lower to mid- 90's Saturday through Tuesday; upper 80's Wednesday; lower 80's Thursday; and, upper 70's Friday. Overnight lows will drop to the lower to mid- 70's Saturday through Tuesday night; upper 60's Wednesday night; and, lower 60's Thursday night.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

 
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