An Excessive Heat Watch will be in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening.
Temperatures will soar this week in the Midwest.
The Heat Index will be in the 100 to 105 degree range through Tuesday, and may run as high as 109 Wednesday through Friday. Highs will be in the mid and upper 90s, but with the high humidity "feels like" temperatures will be over 105 degrees.
But he advises taking precautions, including staying well-hydrated and avoiding activities during peak heat hours. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. "You may also want to take a cool shower or bath". Saturday and Sunday could end up being the hottest days of the summer, with normal temperatures close to 100 and heat indexes "easily" getting over 100 degrees, according to the NWS in Mount Holly. Residents should drink plenty of fluids, stay indoors and out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.
An area of high pressure will dominate Alabama's weather this week and could send temperatures climbing to near 100 degrees in parts of the state.
He said city temperatures under these conditions tend to be warmer than rural areas, and people may want to turn on their air conditioners and keep a fan handy.
While a peak alert hasn't been issued, Jared Hendricks, Owatonna Public Utilities marketing and energy conservation officer, said the alerts commonly occur during extreme heat when electrical use is high. The average high for this time of year is 92°.
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