The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Athens County Tuesday, June 12, 2022, from 12:00PM until 8:00PM. The Excessive Heat Watch has been extended until Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 8:00PM.
WHAT…For the Excessive Heat Warning, dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 109 expected. For the Excessive Heat Watch, dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 107 possible.
WHERE…Portions of southeast Ohio, northeast Kentucky and central, southern and western West Virginia.
WHEN…For the Excessive Heat Warning, from noon today to 8 PM this evening. For the Excessive Heat Watch, from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening.
IMPACTS…Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, 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.
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 lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. 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.