(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The slow cooking of the tri-state continues Friday and into the weekend.
A high temperature of 97 is expected Friday with the heat index reaching 110.
The temperature at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport topped out at 96 Thursday about 5:00 p.m. The low overnight only fell to 77.
The National Weather Service has extended an Excessive Heat Warning through 9:00 p.m. Saturday.
High temperatures will fall into the lower 90s Saturday and Sunday. By Monday, the high may not break 90 according to the weather service.
Indiana’s State Department of Health has issued these safety tips for dealing with the unusual heat:
Pace yourself: for work or recreation in the sun, be sure to take frequent breaks to take on fluids and cool off out of the heat
Take it easy: put off strenuous activities that can wait until weather cools
Stay cool: use air-conditioning, if it's available; if it's not available, take cool baths, showers, or sponge baths and temporarily inhabit dry basement spaces, which can be 10-15 degrees cooler
Eat lighter meals: avoid use of your stove by eating more salads, fresh vegetables and fruit
Dress appropriately: wear light-colored, lightweight cotton clothing, which readily releases perspiration and reflects heat. Cotton absorbs perspiration better and thus cools better than synthetics
Drink fluids: drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages (water is best), especially when you're outdoors, to keep the body's cooling system operating efficiently; avoid alcohol, which can induce dehydration
Stay in the shade: if possible, perform work or strenuous recreational activities outdoors in the morning or early evening, when the sun's heat is less intense; avoid sun burn and ultraviolet light poisoning
Carry water: when you're away from home, keep water in non-breakable bottles with you to easily replenish fluids lost to perspiration
Look after the very young and the aged: babies and older adults are more susceptible to heat induced illness; check on them regularly, call your local health department for instructions if you are unsure
RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS
Heat Exhaustion: heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting
Heat Stroke: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees), red, hot and dry skin (no sweating), rapid strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness
Heat Stroke: The symptoms above could indicate a life-threatening emergency.
-First, call for immediate medical assistance, then:
-get the victim to a shady area
-cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods are available, including applying ice packs on neck, and face, and armpits: immersing in cool water, or using a garden hose
-monitor the body temperature; continue cooling efforts
-if emergency medical personnel are delayed, call a hospital emergency room for instructions
-do not give the victim water to drink; do not give the victim any alcohol
-get medical assistance as soon as possible
Heat Exhaustion: Although this is not as serious as heat stroke, seek medical help for severe cases
-move the victim to a cooler environment