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Independence Day: Excessive Heat Warning for Area

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Weather Service warns of a dangerously hot holiday:

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM EDT WEDNESDAY…

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM WEDNESDAY TO 9 PM EDT THURSDAY

The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from 11 AM to 9 PM EDT Wednesday. A Heat Advisory has also been issued. This Heat

Advisory is in effect from 9 PM Wednesday to 9 PM EDT Thursday.

* TEMPERATURE…Temperatures rising to 93 to 98 combined with high humidity will result in peak heat index values near 110 degrees on Independence Day. Heat index readings around 105 degrees are expected on Thursday.

* IMPACTS…This combination of heat and humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, elderly, those without air conditioning, and those

participating in strenuous outdoor activities are the most susceptible. Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Recommended actions Take extra precautions…if you 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 and drink plenty of water.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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