The heat wave will be around for a while

The heat wave will be around for a while

The weather agency warned that heat and humidity could lead to heat stress for residents who are outside for an extended period of time during the heat advisory.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said today that risky heat is expected to grip much of the central and northeastern United States ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.

The National Weather Service notes that consecutive days of risky heat and humidity will bring an increased risk for heat related illness. The humidity will be extremely high as well, leading to unsafe conditions thanks to heat index values over the weekend that will feel like 100-105 at times.

High heat indices also increase the chances of suffering heat exhaustion or heat stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect from noon today until 10 p.m. Monday for Livingston and other area counties.

After another warm night heat index values are once again expected to be hot on Sunday afternoon reaching over 100°.

Peak heat indices will remain in the upper 90°s to near 100° for the next several days.

Drink about a quart of water every hour while working or playing in the heat. Also, young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstance because the interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.

Stay in the shade to help keep cool.

The heat and humidity will create uncomfortable conditions, especially today.

Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency.

The NWS posted a reminder Friday that heat kills more people each year than tornadoes, lightning and floods. If someone has these symptoms they should get to a cooler place, drink water or take a cool shower. If you plan on spending time outdoors, such as at the beach, pool or ballpark, should do not forget to use sunscreen.