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Heat advisories and severe storms return for Tuesday

By Stan Sollars, IPR News / National Weather Service | Published on in Statewide News, Weather

Heat Advisories will be in effect for the entire IPR listening area today, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Muncie and points east, west, and south) and until 10 p.m. (north of Muncie). Heat Index temperatures could reach 107 degrees, today, in locales that do not have much cloud cover.

National Weather Service officials say to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Additionally, weather experts say to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Health professionals say heat stroke is an emergency, and to get help quickly for the afflicted by calling 911.

Severe thunderstorms are possible statewide today, tonight, and Wednesday. The map accompanying this story shows most of the state is in a “Slight Risk” area (2 on a scale of 5 of probability) for storms containing heavy rain, damaging hail, and high winds. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. The severe weather potential extends from today to Wednesday evening. Stay turned to your IPR station, or to the IPR webstream, for the latest weather information.