Forecasters have now upgraded the Excessive Heat Watch to a Warning, and this is in effect from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. and on Thursday, June 23.
Meteorologist Dale Destin says the Heat Index or Feels-Like Temperature will rise to around 45° Celsius or 113° Fahrenheit.
This, he says, is the result of high temperatures, relatively high humidity, and light winds, culminating in dangerously hot conditions.
While extreme heat can put everyone at risk for heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for the elderly and young children; people with chronic illnesses – such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses; those who work or who exercise in the heat; homeless people; and low-income earners.
Persons may experience heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke as a result of the weather conditions, and these can lead to long-term health problems and even death, Destin warns.
Everyone should stay alert and stay cool and hydrated, in addition to checking on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours, he says.
Destin says that persons who take medication or have a health condition should ask their doctor if the heat increases their health risk and follow recommendations.
One woman tells REAL News that the weather today, Wednesday,
did not seem to be normal and she is glad she does not have to work outside.
Meanwhile, she complains that the lack of water and the very hot weather conditions are negatively impacting her backyard garden.