The National Weather Service (NWS) in LaCrosse has issued a Heat Advisory for several north Iowa counties, effective until 7 p.m. tonight.
The NWS says, on top of temperatures around 90 degrees, heat index values could reach upwards of 105 degrees. Affected areas include Floyd, Chickasaw, Fayette, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Clayton counties.
NWS warns that hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.
They also advise drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun, and checking up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. 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. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.