Very, extremely, dangerously hot Thursday and Friday

Staff Report 

Today: some rain. Thursday and Friday: hot. Very, very, very hot.

A hot-air mass covering basically the entire country will drive its center through the Midwest on Thursday and Friday, sending temps into the upper-90s and heat indexes soaring above 100 F. From the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 7 PM CDT FRIDAY.

…TEMPERATURES THIS HIGH COULD LEAD TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES WITH PROLONGED EXPOSURE. THE ELDERLY…SMALL CHILDREN AND PETS ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE. PLAN AHEAD. HAVE A COOL PLACE TO SHELTER FROM THE HEAT. AVOID OUTDOOR ACTIVITY DURING THE AFTERNOON.

Thursday's national temperature forecast.
Thursday’s national temperature forecast.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a high of 96 with a heat index nearing 105, while Friday’s expected high is 93 with a heat index of 106. Storms are expected Friday and temperatures will remain in the mid- to upper-80s all of next week.

“A combination of high temperatures and high humidity can create a dangerous situation for you and your family,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez, III. “Learn and put into practice the steps you should follow during periods of extreme heat. Remember to check in on family, friends, and neighbors especially those who are elderly, disabled or have functional needs to ensure they are safe.”

Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay safe.

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