Potentially oppressive heat could hit here next week

GateHouse News Service

A return to hot and muggy conditions can be expected by Monday across the Midwest. High pressure currently over the middle Mississippi valley will drift eastward over the next few days allowing muggy southerly winds to increase humidity levels across Illinois.

By Monday, high temperatures should be well into the 90s with heat index values reaching over 100 degrees across most of central and southeast Illinois. These conditions are expected to linger through Thursday, Aug. 12. At this time, it appears that Tuesday may be the most oppressive day with highs in the 95 to 100 degree range and heat index values approaching 110 degrees in some locations.

Prepare yourself for the hot weather in advance. Make arrangements to check on the elderly, children, and pets. If you are going to have to be outside next week wear light-colored clothing, ensure that a source of plentiful liquids is available, and be alert to the symptoms of heat related illnesses such as dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps, and headaches.

Stay tuned to the latest weather information this weekend in case a heat related watch, advisory, or warning is issued.