EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FOR ENTIRE TRISTATE


...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO

8 PM EDT SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an

Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from 2 PM this

afternoon to 8 PM EDT Saturday.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...Around 100 today, and near or above 105

Friday and Saturday due to temperatures in the mid 90s, and

dewpoints in the mid 70s.

* TIMING...This afternoon through Saturday evening. Very little

relief is expected during the night with low temperatures only

falling into the middle and upper 70s.

* IMPACTS...Heat stroke, heat exhaustion and other heat related

illnesses will be possible, especially if you spend a

significant amount of time outdoors, or are involved in any

strenuous outdoor activity. The cumulative impacts of heat on

the human body can be significant when consecutive days of

excessive heat occur.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of

water. If possible, spend more time in air conditioned or well-

ventilated places. Reschedule strenuous outdoor activities to

early morning or evening. Friends, relatives, or neighbors should

check on the elderly and people with chronic ailments, who are

usually the first to suffer from heat-related illness.

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 911.