The National Weather Service weather forecast offices across the state have issued Heat Advisories for a large chunk of central and western Iowa for tomorrow and Tuesday. Hot and humid conditions are expected throughout the day Monday, with temperatures forecasted to be in the upper 80s and lower 90s, helping to produce heat indices in the lower 100s in most areas. Little relief is expected in the overnight hours before even more pronounced heat enters the area for Tuesday. Temperatures are predicted to be in the low to mid 90s for the majority of the state with heat indices in the upper 90s to 110 degree range.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, dial 911.