Excessive heat warning in effect for last weekend of June

Last Updated on June 29, 2018 by cassnetwork

An excessive heat warning is in effect from this afternoon through Sunday evening. The National Weather Service says the heat index will reach 105 today and 110 on Saturday.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness.

Cass County EMA director Alvin Beckman says those who need relief from the heatover the next few days should head to an air-conditioned public place.

People are reminded to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives, neighbors and pets.

The National Weather Service also reminds people that car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible 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 9 1 1.

The annual 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels Bike Tour is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Cass County, as are several motorcycle rides, and Beckman asks people participating to take precautions due to the heat. Drivers are also asked to use extra caution on the roads, especially with the detours that went into effect yesterday due to the closure of the Market St. Bridge. The 18th St. Bridge also remains closed for repairs.