MET Office issues heat-watch advisory, as ‘feels like’ temperature could top 100°F for coming week

Off the cusp of about 24 hours of heavy rainfall that resulted in a
flash-flood watch being issued, the MET Office is now putting out a
heat-watch advisory.

Officials say the heat index, or feels-like temperature, will be 38°C or
100°F, or higher, for about one week, beginning  today, Tuesday,
August 22, and running until Tuesday, August 29, from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily.

MET officials say that light winds and relatively high humidity will
possibly allow the heat index to rise to excessive levels, resulting in
dangerously hot conditions.

An excessive heat watch is issued when conditions are conducive for
an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours; however, the
timing is still uncertain.

According to officials, “While extreme heat can put everyone at risk
for heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for the elderly, young
children, people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties,
heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses, people who work or
exercise in the heat, homeless people and low-income earners.” 

MET officials say that there is a chance that a warning will be
required based on the intense heat conditions.