(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The National Weather Service has extended a Heat Advisory to remain in effect through 9:00 p.m. Friday.
The heat index will reach as high as 102 due to temperatures in the lower 90s and dewpoints in the lower 70s Thursday. Similar conditions will carry on through Friday evening.
The tri-state will get a break from the heat wave this coming weekend when temperatures will peak in the 80s.
In the meantime, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is offering tips on how you can beat the heat. The single biggest tip: limit prolonged exposure to the outdoors.
According to the National Weather Service, heat causes more deaths in the United States per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes. The elderly, very young, and people with respiratory conditions are the most susceptible to heat-related illness.
Symptoms of heat-related illness include muscle cramps, body temperature more than 102 degrees, flushed looking appearance, nausea and vomiting, weakness, fatigue, faint feeling, diarrhea, headaches, unresponsiveness, and seizures.
Someone suffering from heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place to rest and drink water or a non-carbonated sports drink.Cool, wet washcloths or icepacks will help with recovery. If there is no improvement, body temperature won’t go down, or the person won’t take fluids, go to the emergency room immediately or call 911.
For more extreme heat safety tips, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.