Risky heat & humidity through the weekend

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The entire LEX 18 viewing is under either an Excessive Heat Warning or a Heat Advisory over the next few days.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for the lower elevations of Central New York. Cities like Toledo, Cleveland and Fremont will see an index, which is what the temperature will feel like, as high as 110F with the highest index occurring in the late afternoon and early evening.

Whether you're interested in the outlook for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the answer is the same: It's going to be beastly hot.

The oppressive heat wave expected to threaten millions this weekend will bring record high temperatures during the day, as well as at night, making it especially unsafe. "In addition to cooling centers, you might have a store or shopping center, community center or friend to visit that has a cool place where you can rest". "Heat indices will surge past 100 degrees and approach the 110s" in Fahrenheit, the agency continued. Chief Executive Jim Derwinski says steel can expand in high heat, causing track problems.

This will break the heat but the showery weather will last into Tuesday.

Signs of heat stroke in pets include heavy panting and an inability to calm down, even when lying down; brick red gum color; fast pulse rate; and an inability to get up. The National Weather Service advises people to drink plenty of water; stay out of the sun and in air-conditioned rooms; and to check on relatives, neighbors and the elderly.

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Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. Regardless of the type of warning, keep this message in mind: this heat will be risky if you do not take the proper precautions to stay hydrated and limit time outdoors.

Cities are opening cool-down points and extending recreation center hours to deal with the heat.

Partly cloudy, warm and muggy tonight with lows in the low to mid 70s. Sunday's predicted low of 83 would set a record, just a degree off the warmest low for any month of the year in the city. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a unsafe situation in which heat illnesses are likely". Saturday's forecast of 100 degrees, while intense, is still well shy of the all-time high of 106 degrees, which was set on the date in 1930. Values that extreme happen about once a decade on average.

Wed: High: 86 Low: 64 Mostly sunny. Only 10 other years (7 percent) dating back to 1871 have had so many.

A powerful cold front will do two big things for us on Monday. Highs drop to near 90 on Monday, when showers and thunderstorms are likely.

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