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Posted: June 30, 2012 9:53 a.m.

Temperature to reach 109 degrees today

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The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to remain above 100 degrees today with sunshine and not a cloud in the sky for the day.

Expect today's temperature to reach 109 degrees with a heat index making it feel like 113 degrees. Because of the extreme heat, the weather service is advising all people and animals to stay indoors.

Below are some tips from the American Red Cross to prevent heat emergencies:

-Stay inside if possible

-Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect away some of the sun's energy.

-Wear a hat or use an umbrella

-Drink lots of water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which dehydrate the body

-Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.

-Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

-Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Here's the forecast for the rest of the weekend and coming holiday week:

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 105. Heat index values as high as 109. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Calm wind.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Calm wind.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Independence Day: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94.

 

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