Bring on the heat!

July 18, 2016: We have a few days to get ready, but very hot weather is on the way!

In fact, the National Weather Service has already issued an Excessive Heat Watch, highlighting where and when the potentially dangerous heat will be striking this week.

Excessive Heat Watch for Thursday to Friday

Excessive Heat Watch for Thursday to Friday

Why is this heat considered harmful? Long story short, your body has a very tough time cooling off in these conditions, leading to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. These are very serious medical conditions that can lead to death. When the weather is this hot and this humid for a couple days in a row, you need to find a way to give your body a break from the heat, or heat stroke or exhaustion can set in quickly.

Have a cool place to go, preferably in air conditioning, and especially during the heat of the day (late morning to early evening). If you have to be outside, take plenty of breaks in a cool or shaded location, and drink lots and lots of water.

Why is this happening? By Thursday, a “heat dome” is setting up, meaning a massive area of high pressure is setting up in the upper levels of the atmosphere. Under high pressure, air sinks and warms up as it does so, leading to those hot temperatures. 90’s to 100’s will be in the forecast for much of the nation while under this dome of high pressure.

"Heat dome" sets up from Thursday into the weekend

“Heat dome” sets up from Thursday into the weekend

Factor in the humidity, and the heat index (“feel’s like conditions”) will be near 110° for a couple days. Find a way to stay cool!

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on July 18, 2016

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