With heat index values expected to reach the mid-90's today, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for much of the region. Meteorologust Tony Ansuini says today's heat is the result of a weather pattern that has brought high temperatures and heavy humidity in recent weeks. He expects the trend to continue into September.
Here's today's advisory issued by the National Weather Service:
...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING...
* LOCATIONS...Niagara, Northern Erie, Orleans and Genesee counties.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES...In the upper 90s.
* IMPACTS...The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check in on relatives and neighbors.
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 - call 9 1 1.