Heat indices could hit 109 Saturday; relief hits Monday

Chicago Heat Wave Could Bring Dangerous Conditions

Heat wave: Why overnight temperatures make U.S. heat wave even more excruciating

Relief from the dangerously-high temperatures is in sight for central Pennsylvania. We finally usher in a new weather pattern Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs into the upper 70s and dewpoints falling to near 60.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., temperatures in the affected region, which includes Perry County and most of southeast Missouri, afternoon heat index values could reach from approximately 105 degrees to 110 degrees through Sunday.

People rest in the shade in Washington Square Park during a hot afternoon day on July 17, 2019 in New York City.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for most of the state through Sunday night.

The dangers posed by extreme heat and humidity prompted officials to scrap outdoor competitions, including today's horse races at Saratoga Race Course in New York and tomorrow's New York City Triathlon.

As the climate warms due to human activities, numerous studies show that heat waves such as this one are becoming more common and intense, as well as longer-lasting.

If you live somewhere that's about to be hit by the heat wave, NPR wants to hear from you. "Our Chicago fire department will often pack a patient's neck, armpits and groin in ice packs" to target major blood vessels, Dresden said.

And while this heat wave will break by early next week, it won't be the last.

When it's really hot and humid out, your body has difficulty cooling itself off.

In addition, a sweeping climate assessment published by the Trump administration past year found extreme heat events are on the increase in the United States and have been since the 1960s.

"Producing and evaporating sweat cools and regulates our core temperature". Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice. In the event of heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

The 37-year-old got out early to try to escape the worst heat but still planned to cut his route short on an already 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) morning.

Dress for summer: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat.

Eat easy-to-digest foods like fruit or salads. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Jones said those who work outdoors should take extra precautions.

He also urged citizens to stay indoors with air conditioning during the weekend because "it's serious stuff". Too dark, Dresden said, and you probably need more water.

What if your home does not have AC?

The cooler air will also make conditions right for showers and thunderstorms to develop on Monday.

In 2018, there were two heat related vehicle deaths in NY.

Sunday will be the final day of oppressive heat in the East before cooler temperatures arrive.

So, what's the best way to be safe in a heatwave? Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers, senior centers, and NYCHA facilities that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

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