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— The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from 1 pm to 8 pm Today.

Hot and humid conditions will continue through Tuesday.

Much of Arkansas and Ouachita County will be affected.

Temperatures will be in the 90s and Tuesday, with afternoon heat indices ranging from 110 to 115 degrees.

Hot weather will increase the risk of heat related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The very young, the elderly, and those without access to air conditioning will be especially vulnerable.

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.

If you must be outdoors 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.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

According to weather.gov, “When the summer months arrive in Arkansas, the heat can become unbearable at times. Factoring in high humidity, it feels warmer than it actually is. More specifically, the body is not able to cool as effectively through sweating.

“On a dry day, sweat evaporates into the air, which creates cooling. Adding moisture to the atmosphere cuts down on evaporation. Over time, the body temperature rises and shuts down.

“Heat is the number one weather related killer across the country (more than hurricanes, floods, lightning and tornadoes).

“The “heat index” considers the effects of heat and humidity. When these variables combine to make it feel like 105 degrees or greater, it is considered dangerous.”

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