Dangerous heat in the weekend forecast


Staff Report



National Weather Service This image shows severe heat already over the Great Plains. Temperatures for the next four days could reach dangerous highs, according to FEMA.


Sorry for the bad news, but it’s not going to be comfortable this weekend.

Get your fans and air conditioner ready — temperatures are expected to spike into the low-to-mid-90s here in Lorain County.

Today’s comfortable 83 degrees will surge toward the 90 mark tomorrow. The heat is predicted to bring a good chance of thunderstorms Thursday night, continuing into Friday, according to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

But the storms aren’t likely to do much to cool us off. Temperatures will hover around 91 degrees through at least Sunday.

More rain late Sunday should finally do the trick, with highs around 85 and sun in the outlook for Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency urges extra safety precautions during what could be dangerous heat.

It’s placed areas of the Midwest under excessive heat warnings and advisories. That’s because heat indexes could rise to 100 degrees or above.

“A combination of high temperatures and high humidity can create a dangerous situation for you and your family,” said FEMA Region V administrator Andrew Velasquez. “Learn and put into practice the steps you should follow during periods of extreme heat. Remember to check in on family, friends, and neighbors, especially those who are elderly, disabled, or have functional needs to ensure they are safe.”

Extreme heat brings with it the possibility of heat-induced illnesses, including severe sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.

Understand your symptoms and take the appropriate actions, seeking medical attention if your conditions are severe.

During extremely hot weather, you should stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun, FEMA warns. Consider spending the warmest part of the day, if necessary, in public buildings with air conditioning.

Perhaps most importantly, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

National Weather Service This image shows severe heat already over the Great Plains. Temperatures for the next four days could reach dangerous highs, according to FEMA.

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National Weather Service This image shows severe heat already over the Great Plains. Temperatures for the next four days could reach dangerous highs, according to FEMA.

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