May 12, 2014
With the heat indexes reaching dangerous highs this week of over 100°, make sure to check on those who are more vulnerable to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke - kids, elderly, pets, etc.
Extreme heat should be taken seriously. According to the American Red Cross, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods.
Heat Wave - Prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity. Generally temperatures are 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region during summer months, last for a long period of time and occur with high humidity as well.
Excessive Heat Watch - Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local. Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.
Excessive Heat Warning - Heat Index values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days (typically daytime highs of 105°-110° Fahrenheit).
Heat Advisory - Heat Index values are forecast to meet locally defined advisory criteria for 1 to 2 days (typically daytime highs of 100°-105° Fahrenheit)
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