heat drink

Drink plenty of fluids if you are outside today. A heat index of 95 to 104 degrees is predicted by the National Weather Service.

You don't need to buy a sauna in the next few days. We're gonna live in one.

Hot and wet.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland has issued a heat advisory for north central Ohio, including Richland, Ashland, Crawford and Knox counties, from Thusday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

High temperatures, coupled with high humidity, will produce heat indices of between 95 and 104 degrees, the NWS predicted. Some potential afternoon local thunderstorms may hopefully bring relief, provided they don't flood us out.

How miserable is that kind of heat and humidity? You're likely to see a dog chasing a cat ... and they will both be walking.

And if you're driving in Mansfield during a strong thunderstorm, be careful through the Park Avenue subway underpass. It doesn't take much to flood that low-lying spot.

So let's be smart today. No heat exhaustion or heat stroke, please.

Drink plenty of fluids. Stay in an air-conditioned room, if possible. Stay out of the sun, if possible. Check up on relatives and neighbors.

And for goodness sake -- young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Speaking of pets, make sure they have plenty of cool water and don't make them stay outside all day!

If you do work or spend time outside, take extra precautions. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

After today, we can expect temps in the mid to high 80s and a chance of thunderstorms each day through the weekend.

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