Heat becomes more dangerous when it lingers for more than one day. That’s because the combination of hot days and warm nights doesn’t allow our bodies time to cool down, which typically occurs at night. But if the temperature at night remains warm and muggy, we get very little relief from the heat.
Overnight lows through the weekend are forecast to remain in the low 70s straight through Sunday night. This comes after highs warm into the low 90s, with a heat index in the mid/upper 90s. Heat islands, such as large cities, can also intensify extreme heat and are often times the reason why nighttime lows don’t cool off as much. It’s especially dangerous for those who are more sensitive to the heat such as the elderly, children and those with health issues.
High temperatures through the weekend will warm into the upper 80s and low 90s but the heat index, especially for Saturday and Sunday, could warm into the mid and upper 90s. If you are going to be outdoors for any period of time it’s important to remember to take frequent breaks in the A/C, wear light weight, light colored clothing and drink plenty of water. Be sure to check on your neighbors who are elderly or don’t have air conditioning. And don’t forget your pets, too. They get hot just like we do. Make sure they have plenty of water to drink and be sure to protect their paws on the hot asphalt and concrete.