Archive for Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Heat advisory issued for Douglas County

July 13, 2010

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Douglas and surrounding counties. The advisory will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The combination of high temperatures in the 90s and dewpoint temperatures in the mid-70s will cause heat index readings to be between 105-110 degrees.

Counties included in the advisory are:

Douglas

Jefferson

Shawnee

Ottawa

Republic

Washington

Marshall

Nemaha

Brown

Cloud

Clay

Riley

Pottawatomie

Jackson

Dickinson

Geary

Morris

Wabaunsee

Lyon

Osage

Franklin

Coffey

Anderson

Prolonged exposure to heat index readings above 105 degrees can cause:

Rapid dehydration

Exhaustion

Heat stroke

If you plan to be outside, the NWS recommends avoiding long periods of sun exposure and strenuous physical activity. Use sunscreen, drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration and wear light-weight, light-colored and loose fitting clothing.

It is likely the advisory could be extended into Thursday as portions of northeast Kansas are expected to see a heat index above 105 degrees.

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