The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a Heat Advisory for our listening area today.
This heat advisory will go into effect at Noon today until 6:00pm for Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland, and Lawrence Counties. Fayette and Marion Counties will be under a Heat Advisory until 7:00pm. Temperatures will be in the lower 90’s today, with heat index values reaching 102 to 106 degrees.
These temperatures could lead to health issues for those that are exposed for prolonged periods, as well as young children, elderly adults, individuals without air conditioning, and anyone partaking in strenuous activities. Additionally, the interior of vehicles will reach lethal temperatures within minutes. The National Weather Service is encouraging everyone to take the following precautions when dealing with the heat this week.
- Drink plenty of water
- Reduce strenuous activities, or keep them limited to early morning or late in the day
- Check on elderly family, friends, neighbors
- Spend time indoors with an air conditioner
- Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles
We also spoke with the Effingham County Animal Shelter regarding outdoor pets. They urged owners to ensure that pets have plenty of food, water, shelter, and shade.
(Photo courtesy of the US National Weather Service in Lincoln.)