Area under excessive heat advisory

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Hardin and LaRue counties are under an excessive heat warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. today according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures today and into the evening, outside of any thunderstorm activity, will range between 95 and 100 degrees. These temperatures combined with dew points in the middle 70s to near 80 will produce heat index values ranging from 105 to 115 degrees or higher.

These weather conditions will remain dangerous for anyone involved with outdoor activities as well as for those individuals remaining indoors without any air conditioning. This heat will be especially dangerous for the very young and old, as well as those suffering with chronic health conditions.

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.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.