Weather service warns of weekend heat wave

The pleasant weather Thursday morning  bright and cool, with temperatures still in the upper 50s by 7 a.m. — will not last long. 

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch beginning Saturday and extending through Monday. The forecast calls for a "dangerous combination of high heat and humidity."

Afternoon highs during the period will be in the mid to upper 90s with nighttime lows in the mid to upper 70s.

Peak afternoon heat indices of 100 to 105 are expected all three days, and nighttime heat indices could remain in the 90s.

According to the NWS statement, "The extended duration of heat, combined with nearly full sunshine and oppressive warmth even at night will lead to potentially hazardous conditions, particularly for the  elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions."

 NWS officials recommend that area residents drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun as much as possible and check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors.


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