Excessive Heat Warning in Effect Through Today
PADUCAH, KY - The National Weather Service in Paducah continues an Excessive Heat Warning which is in effect until 6 pm today for all of Western Kentucky, southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, and southwest Indiana.
Heat related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke are a real threat. Dehydration can occur quickly. The effects of this heat wave will be cumulative given that it is going to persist for several days. The extended period of heat will also cause drought conditions to worsen, maintaining the concern for wildfire development across the area.
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.
On the Net: Paducah Weather Service webpage