The National Weather Service says a heat advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaPorte, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley.
Heat index values are likely to exceed 100 degrees today. High pressure will continue to provide the region with unseasonably hot conditions today. Temperatures will quickly rise to the upper 90s to near 100 degrees by late morning into the afternoon. Combined with higher dewpoints, these temperatures will allow heat indices to increase to 100 to 105 degrees.
The elderly, children, people who spend a long time outdoors during the day, and those without air conditioning are particularly vulnerable to the effects of heat.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will creat 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 on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenous activities to early morning or late evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothes and drink plenty of water.
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; call 911.