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Excessive heat warnings issued amid historic heat wave



historic heat wave graphic
(National Weather Service)

A historic heat wave has left Warren and surrounding counties under an excessive heat warning. The National Weather Service in Jackson has released several urgent warnings regarding the severe weather conditions facing the area.

The heat wave currently engulfing the area bring predictions of extreme temperatures on Friday. Heat index values are anticipated to skyrocket to 110 to 120 degrees, presenting grave health threats. These soaring temperatures might even rival all-time record highs in some spots. There’s a heightened risk of heat stroke, particularly for individuals involved in outdoor activities. The Excessive Heat Warning will stay in place until 9 p.m. CDT Friday.

A Red Flag warning is also in effect. According to the National Weather Service, “A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.” Much of the state is currently under a burn ban.

It’s advisable to remain indoors as much as you can, especially in spaces with air conditioning. If venturing outside is a necessity, ensure you’re wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. You might want to think about postponing any vigorous activities to the cooler parts of the day. Prioritize hydration by drinking ample fluids and steer clear of direct sunlight.

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