SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Expect another scorcher, as temperatures are expected to rise into the 90’s for the fourth straight day. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, in effect now through Thursday night for all of Southeast Michigan.
“It’s a beast of a heat wave,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean Devore, predicting we’ll hit 94 degrees, Wednesday. The record temperature for the day is 97 set in 1977.
“This is a true heat wave. It’s serious, and we have more coming,” said WWJ-TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus.
Madaus says hottest stretch of this week-long heat wave will impact Metro Detroit the next two days. “We’ll be pushing 100 on Thursday,” Madaus said. The combination of high heat and humidity will cause the heat index to climb to around 100 degrees Wednesday and between 105 and 110 degrees on Thursday.
Madaus reminds Metro Detroiters to stay hydrated — drink plenty of water and stay away from caffeine and alcohol.
The National Weather Service is also advising residents to take extra precautions, especially if you work or spend time outside. When possible… reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. stroke; wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing.
If you must work outside, the occupational safety and health administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas, and watching for signs of heat exhaustion. Pets and children should never be left in a parked vehicle. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. In the case of heat stroke, dial 9-1-1.
The extreme heat has been causing miserable conditions inside more than 100 schools in Detroit that don’t have air conditioning. That’s why those buildings and two that offer adult education shut just after noon, Wednesday, and will be closed all day Thursday as well. – More details here –
All City of Plymouth Recreation t-ball games scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled. The air-conditioned Plymouth Cultural Center building is currently open for residents who need a place to cool off. The building is open Wednesday and Thursday until 9 p.m.. (- More cooling centers open -).
The Excessive Heat Warning is set to expire at 10 p.m., Thursday. Madaus says temps should fall back down to normals, in to the 80s, by the end of the weekend.
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