Excessive heat watch issued for much of Nebraska; forecast highs expected to reach triple digits for several days

Dangerous heat is expected this week as the latest heatwave for the Midwest intensifies. The National Weather Service in Omaha and Hastings have issued an excessive heat watch for the eastern half of the state beginning Wednesday and lasting through Friday.

The Channel 8 Eyewitness News weather team says temperatures could hit 100 degrees several days in a row beginning Wednesday. High humidity will make it feel as warm as 110 degrees at time.

Caution is urged for anyone who might stay outdoors for an extended period of time. Wear loose, light colored clothing to help stay cool, in addition to drinking plenty of water, wearing sun protection, and generally limiting time spent out doors.

It’s also important to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

 

Heat exhaustion symptoms include:
– Faintness or dizziness
– Excessive sweating
– Cool, pale, clammy feeling skin
– Nausea or vomiting
– Rapid, weak pulse
– Muscle cramps

If someone is experiencing these symptoms, move that person to a cooler location, have them drink cool water if they’re awake, and encourage a cool shower.

Heat stroke symptoms include:
– Throbbing headache
– Not sweating
– Body temperature at or above 103°F with red, hot, and dry skin
– Nausea or vomiting
– Rapid, strong pulse
– Possible unconsciousness

If someone is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 and do whatever possible to cool them down.

While forecast high temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are also near 100 degrees, an excessive heat watch has not yet been issued. The National Weather Service that may change as the weekend nears.

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