1:51pm

Mon July 18, 2011
The Commonwealth

Dangerously High Heat Invades State

Kentucky will be plagued with hot and humid weather from Tuesday through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The combination of hot temperatures mixed with high humidity levels will produce dangerously high heat indices. Areas west of Interstate 65 will potentially see a heat index of 110 by midweek. Areas along Interstate 75 will generally see slightly lower temperatures and humidity, the NWS said.

Temperatures ranging from about 92 to 95 Tuesday and Wednesday will feel like 100 to 109 degrees. And it could be even hotter later in the week pushing the heat index up to as much as 110 degrees.

Such a high heat index represents danger for anyone who works outside, the elderly and even pets who are outdoors.

Here are some heat-related precautions from the National Weather Service:

-Take extra precautions if working outside or spending time outdoors. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or the evening. 

-Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light and loose fitting clothing when possible. And drink plenty of water.

-To reduce risk during outdoor work, OSHA recommends frequent rest breaks in shaded areas or in air conditioning. 

-Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. If suffering from heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

-The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity combine to make for a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

-Drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioning if at all possible. Stay out of the sun and check on relatives, neighbors and the elderly. And pets can suffer too if left outdoors.