The National Weather Service in Paducah has upgraded much of the tri-state area from a Heat Advisory to an Excessive Heat Warning. It is in effect until 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th. High temperatures near 100 combined with high humidity will create heat index values near 110 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. Here are the warning details from the NWS:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THURSDAY. THE HEAT ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
TEMPERATURE: HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE UPPER 90S TO NEAR 100 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON AND THURSDAY AFTERNOON WITH SURFACE DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER TO MID 70S.
HEAT INDICES: HIGHEST HEAT INDICES WILL TOP OUT NEAR 110 DEGREES IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH AFTERNOON.
IMPACTS: HEAT RELATED ILLNESS BECOMES MORE LIKELY WITH PROLONGED EXERTION OUTDOORS...OR TOO MUCH EXPOSURE TO THE SUN.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL 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. 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.
The counties shaded in purple are under the Excessive Heat Warning
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