Friday, May 25 is Heat Awareness Day in Michigan. Since we have been experiencing temperatures in the 70s and 80s we want everyone to remember the dangers of excessive heat and heat safety.
Here are some facts about extreme heat.
You may hear the term Heat Index in the weather reports, but WHAT IS THE HEAT INDEX?
The Heat Index (HI) is a measure of how hot the weather actually feels to the body based on air temperature and relative humidity. Exposure to full sun can increase heat index values by as much as 15°F. Strong winds, particularly those accompanying very hot, dry air, can be extremely hazardous, as wind increases heat to the body.
Check the backseat, DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN YOUR VEHICLE!
What can I do to stay safe during hot weather?
Following some simple safety tips can help prevent heat related problems:
It has been several years since Southeast Michigan has experienced an extreme heat event which may lead to a more susceptible population. Our last issued Excessive Heat Warning was in 2013 and we haven't had an Heat Advisory since the year 2016. Stay with TV5 for the First Warn 5 forecast and click here for the current forecast.
Courtesy: NOAA, National Weather Service
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