It's a Tie! Hottest June 21 on Record
We haven't seen temperatures this high for nearly 90 years.
Forget the "heat index," or the "humidity." The regular old mercury-thermometer-temperature outside is set to hit 100 degrees.
How do you beat the heat? Popsicles? Ice cream? Swimming? Or are you one of the few who revels in it? Let us know in the comments!
The normal daily high temperature on this day of the year is 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The record high is 100 degrees, set in 1923.
With the heat index -- a measure of temperature that includes humidity to more accurately predict how hot it feels -- today's temperature will reach about 105 degrees.
That's cause for caution.
NWS has issued a heat advisory and is warning everyone to look out for heat-related illnesses -- not just senstive groups. If you are spending any extended period of time outside, take it easy, drink lots of water, and take frequent breaks.
The Howard County Health Department has also issued some tips for residents trying to beat the heat:
- NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a parked car or other hot environment.
- If you must be out in the heat, wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen.
- Increase your fluid intake; drink non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids.
- Check on elderly friends, family and neighbors who live alone.
- If possible stay out of the sun during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Be aware of the symptoms of heatstroke (dry red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma) and heat exhaustion (extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, or headache, possible vomiting or fainting).