Heat and humidity will return to the region Thursday into Friday

The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 1 p.m. Thursday to 9 p.m. Friday, for all of southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

According to the weather service, air temperatures in the mid 90’s to around 100 degrees will combine with humid conditions to create a heat index of 102 to 107 degrees Thursday afternoon.

Heat illnesses are possible for those spending prolonged time outdoors or those more susceptible to heat illnesses, such as children or the elderly.

The NWS gives the following advice when dealing with the hot weather this week:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay in an air-conditioned room
  • Stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
  • When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, so call 911.

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