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Excessive Heat Warning issued for Northeast Ohio

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 16:19:02-04

CLEVELAND — An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Northeast Ohio.

The National Weather Service has the warning in place from Friday at noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The warning encompasses the following counties: Erie, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Huron, Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Stark, Mahoning, Holmes, Knox, Lake, Geauga, inland Ashtabula, and the cities of Sandusky, Lorain, Cleveland, Norwalk, Medina, Akron, Ravenna, Warren, Mansfield, Ashland, Wooster, Canton, Youngstown, Millersburg, Mount Vernon, Mentor, Chardon and Jefferson.

The temperatures will be in the mid 90s, but the head index values are expected to go up to 107 degrees, meaning it will feel that hot outside.

The highest heat index values will take place in the late afternoon into the early evening but little relief will occur overnight with low temperatures only dipping to the 70s near 80 degrees.

The heat and humidity may cause heat stress while outside.

The NWS recommended the following:

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 911.

An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when a prolonged period of dangerously hot weather will occur. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will combine to 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.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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