Heat advisory in effect this afternoon

Heat advisory
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Temperatures today may top out at 95 degrees, with a heat index of 103, according to the National Weather Service.

A heat advisory will go into effect at 1 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Friday.

The temperature was already 86 degrees by 11 a.m., with a heat index of 91.

Similar temperatures are expected over the weekend, although humidity values and heat indices will be slightly lower, according to the weather service.

There is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms late tonight. The severe weather and heavy rain threats are low.

Tips on handling the heat:

• Those exposed to the high heat and humidity over a prolonged period will have an increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Cars may reach lethal temperatures in minutes. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute.

• Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated, alcoholic and high sugar content beverages.

• Stay in an air-conditioned room. Stay out of the sun.

• Check up on neighbors, the elderly and pets.

• If you work outside, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or late evening.

• Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

• Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.

• Schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

• Move anyone overcome by heat to a cool and shaded location and seek help by calling 911 immediately.

• If you don’t have air-conditioning, look for an air-conditioned public library, recreation center, Salvation Army at 67th and State, a store or other public place.

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