An excessive heat watch is in effect for the Perry area and much of central Iowa from Wednesday morning to evening, with dangerously hot and humid conditions driving up heat index values to between 102 and 110.
The extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for people working or participating in outdoor activities.
An excessive heat watch means that heat index values are expected to reach or exceed 110°F and not fall below 75°F for at least a 48-hour period, beginning in the next 12 to 48 hours. Plan to suspend all major daytime outdoor activities when a warning is issued. If you do not have air conditioning, locate the nearest cooling shelter or discuss staying with nearby family or friends who have A/C.
Heat is the number-one weather-related killer in the U.S. Here are a few tips on staying safe during episodes of dangerously hot weather:
- First and foremost, minimize your time outside, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Stay in an air-conditioned building.
- If you must be outside, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink plenty of water or natural juices if you are out in the heat, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
- Think about others. Never leave children in a car on even a moderately warm day because conditions in the car can quickly heat to unhealthy levels. Check on the elderly or other people at risk.
For more information, check the National Weather Service’s Heat Safety page.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.