Excessive heat warning in effect for entire Tri-State

(FOX19) - The entire Tri-State is under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Excessive heat warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when heat indexes range from 105 to 110 degrees. It's the first time this summer the Tri-State has been under a warning.

Dew points in the mid to upper 70's combined with temperatures in the 90's make it feel over 100 degrees outside.

Everyone is advised to avoid prolonged work in the sun or in poorly ventilated areas. Also, keep plenty of liquids on hand and try to stay in an air conditioned environment.

During the hot weather, Cincinnati Recreation Centers act as cool centers. A list of centers is available here.

Other tips to stay safe in the heat include:

  • Drink plenty of water, even if not thirsty.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages; alcohol can increase a person's risk to heat related illnesses.
  • Decrease physical activity such as yard work or exercise. Activities should occur on the morning or in the evening.  Stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Individuals with chronic health problems, such as heart disease or lung problems, should minimize activities because the heat will add additional stress.
  • Extra caution should be taken for the elderly and young infants and children to assure that they are protected from the heat.
  • Individuals on medications should check with their doctor or pharmacist to see if the medicines put them at increased risk of heat related illness.
  • Check on those who may need assistance.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose, cotton clothing.
  • Eat light meals.
  • Adjust blinds, shades, and awnings to keep the sun out.
  • Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles.  Temperatures quickly rise to dangerous levels.
  • Use air conditioning, or spend time in a cool basement.  Many facilities such as libraries, malls, movie theaters and other public areas are air-conditioned.
  • Keep in mind fans are only effective when they are bringing in cool air.  When the relative humidity is high, the evaporative cooling of sweat is diminished.

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