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Barry Moves Out, Heat Moves In

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As the remnants of Hurricane Barry move out of the region, the next weather issue is heat.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Forecasters say afternoon temperatures will reach the mid-90s with heat index values of 105 to 110 degrees.

The weather service warns of “an increased risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke for anyone engaging in strenuous outdoor activities.”

Forecasters say those without air conditioning will be at risk and car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

The extended period of high heat and humidity is expected to worsen the effects of heat stress, with little relief anticipated at night.

You’re urged to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, take advantage of air conditioning, stay out of the sun as much as possible, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Authorities also warn to never leave pets, children, or the elderly unattended in parked vehicles.