Heat Advisory Issued Through Thursday For The Quad Cities
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that hot temperatures were going to impact much of the U.S., including Iowa and Illinois. We've known since last week the heat was coming and now it's here.
Due to heat index temperatures most likely getting to above 100° over the next few days, the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities has issued a Heat Advisory for most of the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois.
Most counties in Illinois and Iowa are under the Heat Advisory and should take precautions before venturing out into the heat if they have to.
Heat Advisory Issued For The Quad Cities
The National Weather Service of the Quad Cities has issued a Heat Advisory for the Quad Cities metro and surrounding area. the Heat Advisory goes into effect at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and will end at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Officials say heat index values between 100° to 105° are expected Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with humid conditions continuing Wednesday night. Temperature and heat indices are expected to be higher towards the southern part of the area.
The Quad Cities metro will be temperatures in the upper-90s and heat indices around 100°.
The hot temperatures and humid conditions could lead to illnesses in people and pets if exposed for too long.
American Red Cross Tips To Stay Safe In Extreme Heat
Earlier this week, we told you about tips to stay safe during extreme heat from the American Red Cross. Follow these tips below so you stay safe as the outside gets dangerously hot:
- Drink your water. The Red Cross recommends avoiding caffeine and alcohol but that's not realistic for everyone so just make sure you balance it all out with water.
- Check on family, neighbors, and friends who don't have air conditioning and/or live alone.
- If you don't have air conditioning, spend time in public places that do during the hottest part of the day. That includes the library, malls, theaters, etc.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes. Don't go from a really, really cold place straight out into the heat.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb the sun's rays.
- Stay indoors and avoid hard workouts
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- If you have to work outdoors, tag-team with someone so you can switch off taking breaks.
- Make sure your animals have plenty of cool water and shade.
If you feel you've been in the heat too long and start to feel these symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke, take the following steps from the National Weather Service to get the proper care immediately.
Stay cool out there, Quad Cities. We'll get through this together.