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HAZARDOUS HEAT: Oppressive heat warning remains in effect thru 8 p.m. Saturday

July 6, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – The thermometer here registered 81 degrees at 6:30 a.m. Friday, 87 degrees at 9:30 a.m. and 93 degrees at 11 a.m. – en route to a predicted high of at least 102 degrees by 4 p.m.

More of the same hazardous heat is on tap for Saturday with heat indexes reaching 115 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued the following statement concerning the oppressive weather conditions in Whitley County and the area:

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ SATURDAY...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

* HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON AND SATURDAY AFTERNOON WILL BE BETWEEN 101 AND 106... AND NEAR ALL TIME RECORD HIGHS. HEAT INDEX VALUES OF 105 TO 115 ARE EXPECTED IN THE AFTERNOON HOURS THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE LITTLE RELIEF FROM THE HEAT OVERNIGHT WITH HEAT INDEX READINGS ONLY FALLING INTO THE UPPER 70S.

IMPACTS...

* THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS AND RARE HEAT WAVE FOR THIS AREA. PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID HEAT-RELATED FATIGUE AND POSSIBLE HEAT STROKE WHICH CAN HAPPEN QUICKLY.

* ELDERLY AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE HEAT AND SHOULD TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS. PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER DUE TO RECENT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO BE GREATLY IMPACTED.

* IN ADDITION SMOKE FROM WESTERN FOREST FIRES AND THE COMBINATION OF THE STAGNANT AIRMASS AND ELEVATED OZONE LEVELS WILL RESULT IN POOR AIR QUALITY THROUGH THIS PERIOD.

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 COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED SHELTER...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 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.

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