It’s going to be hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July.
The warmest stretch of weather so far this year is expected in Northeast Ohio beginning on Saturday.
The National Weather Service warns that “dangerous temperatures” will creep into Northeast Ohio by Saturday and stick around for awhile.
The area is already under a Heat Advisory from noon Saturday to midnight Saturday as temperatures will be in the 90s with heat index values — what the temperature feels like — well above 100 degrees.
The weather service warns it could be even hotter on Sunday so the advisory will likely be extended or even upped to an Excessive Heat Warning.
“Keep in mind that conditions will vary locally with urban areas often seeing heat index values higher than nearby rural areas,” the weather service says.
Officials warn the elderly and those sensitive to the heat could be susceptible to heat stress and heat-related illnesses.
Given the combination of high temperatures and high humidity, officials say residents should stay out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids, find an air-conditioned space and check on relatives and neighbors who may live in homes that are not air-conditioned.
If you have to work outside, officials suggest scheduling strenuous activities in the early morning or evening and be sure to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. Take frequent breaks and again, drink plenty of water.
Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion that could lead to the more serious heat stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say these symptoms include:
• Heavy sweating
• Cold, pale and clammy skin
• Fast, weak pulse
• Nausea or vomiting
• Muscle cramps
The outlook for any relief is not good. The 90-degree temperatures that are starting Friday are expected to continue all the way through Thursday. The first chance of thunderstorms and rain showers arrives Monday and extends through Thursday.
Craig Webb, who will be hiding in a hammock under a shade tree for the foreseeable future, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-996-3547.
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