Heat is typically the No. 1 weather killer in the USA each year, and heat-related illnesses spike when overnight lows stay warm, depriving the human body of a break from heat stress. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside, they advise. This will be due to temperatures in the 90s today and 96 to 102 Saturday and Sunday, and dewpoints in the low to mid 70s.
What this means is that heat index values, what it actually feels like to humans and other animals, could be 110 and higher both Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. The actual air temperature is expected to reach at least 95 for over half the population of the Lower 48 over the next several days.
With the heat advisory, people are advised to look out for signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. According to a recent climate study, the number of days where the USA experiences temperatures that feel like at least 100 degrees will double from 14 to 36 by 2050.
Whether you're interested in the outlook for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the answer is the same: It's going to be beastly hot.
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Morning storms on Thursday kept our temperatures down a bit with highs in the upper 80s feeling like the upper 90s. What we're anxious about now is making sure that people, especially seniors and the physically disabled, stay hydrated. The front will also usher in a much needed break from the heat. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle under any circumstance.
"Minimize the use of heat-generating appliances like dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers during the warmest hours of the day". The intensity and length of this heat wave is unusual.
After the front moves through we will finally get some relief from the heat.
"If you have a toddler in your household, lock your cars, even in your own driveway", said NWS. Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially elders who live alone, those with medical conditions, assistance and anyone without air conditioning.