The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory which will be in effect from noon Thursday to 8 PM Friday. High temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s to the mid 90s. Hot weather increases the potential for dehydration and heat related illnesses. The elderly, the young and those who work or exercise outdoors will be the most vulnerable to heat related illnesses if extra precautions are not taken.
Young children and pets should never be left in vehicles unattended under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in minutes.
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 stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
If you plan to go boating to escape the heat, wear an approved life jacket. Drowning is the cause of most boating fatalities. Also, avoid alcohol because it impairs judgement while also dehydrating.