Heat advisory in effect today
A heat advisory is in effect for Lawrence County until 8 p.m. this evening according to the National Weather Service. They warn that heat index values of up to 103 degrees are expected and high temperatures and humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. The National Weather Service suggests the following as precautionary/preparedness actions: 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. They also suggest taking extra precautions if working or spending time outside, such as rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening, knowing the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and wearing lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. 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.