ATHENS CO EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FROM 12PM, FRI, 7/19/19 TO 8PM, SAT, 7/20/19, TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST HEAT ILLNESSES

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from 12PM Friday, 7/19/19 to 8PM Saturday, 7/20/19. The Excessive Heat Watch is no longer in effect.

  • HEAT INDEX VALUES – 105 to 110, due to temperatures in the mid-90s, and dewpoints in the mid-70s.
  • TIMING – Highest heat indices occurring Friday afternoon into early evening, and again Saturday afternoon into early evening. The intervening night Friday night will be stiflingly warm and muggy.
  • IMPACTS – The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS;
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

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 9-1-1.

Drink plenty of fluids, 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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