EFFINGHAM COUNTY, IL-(Effingham Radio)- The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency, Effingham City Emergency Management Agency, and Effingham County Health Department are urging local residents to take precautions this weekend due to an Excessive Heat Warning.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued an Excessive Heat Warning which will be in effect from 10:00am on Friday to 8:00pm on Saturday.
The temperatures are expected to climb into the lower to mid 90’s over the next couple of days, with heat index values expected to peak at 110 degrees Friday and Saturday.
The mixture of the high heat and humidity is set to create a dangerous situation that is likely to cause heat illnesses.
According to a press release from the Effingham County EMA/Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending the following:
- Increase fluid intake, avoid drinks with sugar, caffeine, and alcohol
- Decrease strenuous, outdoor activities and remain in air conditioning when possible
- Check on the well-being of elderly family and friends that live alone.
Additional tips from the Effingham City EMA include make sure pets have extra water and provide a shaded area to outdoor pets.
Officials are also encouraging residents to be vigilant for the symptoms of a heat-related illness.
These are headaches, hot-to-the-touch skin, increased body temperatures, loss of consciousness, seizures, and irregular heartbeats.
Should you or someone around experience these symptoms, you are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately.
If you are in need of emergency cooling, contact the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office at 217-342-2101.