Effingham, IL-(Effingham Radio)- The only safe haven from this Illinois heat on a day like today is going to be in the air conditioning.
The National Weather Service has left a Heat Advisory in place today for the entire state until 7 p.m. Some forecasters say high temperatures will be in the 90’s.
With the humidity levels added to the already high temperatures it’s going to feel even hotter than in the 90’s.
Temperatures this high could lead to heat related illnesses with prolonged exposure outdoors.
Illinois Department of Public Health recommends the following:
- Increase fluid intake, avoiding drinks with sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
- Decrease strenuous, outdoor activities and remain in air conditioning when possible.
- Check on well-being of elderly family and friends who may be living alone.
Symptoms of heat-related illness include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.
Individuals with chronic health conditions should be monitored because they may be more susceptible to the heat.
Residents are encouraged to also make preparations for their pets as well.
If you are in need of an emergency cooling center, please contact the Effingham County Sheriff’s office using their non-emergency number, 217-342-2101, and you will be put in contact with heat relief resources.