With all the talk about tornadoes, blizzards, lightning, microbursts, hurricanes, etc., it's hard to imagine that something as quiet as heat could be the number one weather killer. Heat takes about 300 lives a year in the U.S., and hopefully we'll start to bring that number down with increased heat safety awareness! Below is a link where you can find info on a heat safety APP that OSHA just put out:
Keep these things in mind if you have to spend a prolonged amount of time outdoors:
1. Drink water every 15 mins, even if you aren't thirsty.
2. Take frequent breaks in the shade.
3. Wear light colored clothes and hats
4. Know the signs of heat illness
5. Watch out for one another!
As for the heat forecast for us... it's looking unseasonably hot through the weekend. Highs will range from upper 80s in the mountains to mid 90s in the Upstate by this weekend. Today and tomorrow the northeast and mid-atlantic will deal with some excessive heat, then extreme heat will develop in the heartland. An upper ridge is over the northeast and is influencing our weather for the short-term (see first graphic), while the ridge or "hump" in the jetstream will shift to the center of the country (see second graphic) next week. Next week's ridge looks REALLY strong and will create dangerous conditions from Dallas to Omaha.
Summer officially starts at 7:09PM tonight, and for the first few days it will feel like mid-summer!