The National Weather Service office in Des Moines has issued an excessive heat watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon for virtually the entire state of Iowa.
Heat index values as high as 105 to 110 are expected due to temperatures in the middle to upper 90s, with dewpoints as high as the lower to middle 70s.
Little relief is expected overnight, with lows as warm as the middle to upper 70s.
Heat-related illnesses may occur due to the prolonged period of heat and humidity. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Iowans are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on the welfare of relatives and neighbors.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.