The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Friday and Saturday for Hancock County and all surrounding counties.
Today will be just on the verge of excessive heat by 3 p.m.
More than 130 million Americans are under a heat watch, warning or advisory, with the heat index expected to reach 115 degrees in some areas.
"The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a risky situation in which heat illnesses are possible", the weather service said. Forecasters said the chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
An excessive heat warning also remains in effect until 10 p.m. Friday for the following counties in our area.
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Establishing cooling centers, hydration posts and schedules adjusted to avoid physical activity outside in the temperature peaks of the day help reduce the risk of dehydration and heat stroke, the guidebook says. Daily high temperatures will range from 93 to 106 degrees. Cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia have too opened cooling centers.
Heat index values are expected to be up to 110 with temperatures in the upper 90s to 105 degrees and dewpoints in the upper 60s to mid 70s.
"Hot weather is unsafe and can kill".
The hot and humid air will lead to hazardous weather conditions for the elderly, people with health conditions, children in the sun and outside workers.
Those suffering from a heat-related illness may experience nausea and vomiting, and dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, and trouble breathing, among other symptoms. In order to keep the rise in temperatures at bay, the study asserts certain measures as necessary, like government investment in updated temperature measurement systems, plans for targeted assistance and evacuation for at-risk communities, investments in heat-smart infrastructure, and aggressive action to move away from carbon emitting power sources.