Stay Safe: Excessive Heat Warning in Effect Sunday and Monday

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Almost 60 million people across the nation's midsection are under some type of heat watch, warning or advisory from the National Weather Service as the worst heat wave of 2018 arrives.

As of 1 p.m., Southeastern St. Lawrence County was still under a HEAT ADVISORY.

A massive heat wave roasting the central and eastern USA this weekend with temperatures that felt like the triple digits is expected to linger at least into the July 4th holiday, weather officials said on Sunday. Hot weather, especially long duration heat waves, is surprisingly high on the list of most risky types of weather in terms of injuries or deaths each year. Heat index values in the high 90s are likely Friday, over 100 on Saturday, and as high as 109 on Sunday and Monday.

Please note, extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool.

Excessive heat warnings, watches and advisories have been issued for much of the Midwest and most of the Northeast, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Hartford, Connecticut.

Excessive Heat Warning is still in effect through 8 PM Sunday for the northern third of Indiana. Limit time outdoors if possible, and make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water! Highs will be in the mid to upper 90s with the heat index near 110 degrees.

Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for ozone.

Never leave children, pets or disabled adults in a parked vehicle. The current expected high temperature is 98. Those looking to cool down are urged to visit one of the cooling centers or pools at a Boston Centers for Youth and Families location.

"Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke", the NWS advised.

Most of July's first week will be hotter than normal. "It looks like the hottest day will be Sunday", said Craig Evanego, meteorologist with the National Weather Service's State College office. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun's peak hours: 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. If you have an air conditioner, it will be doing lots of work in the coming days.

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