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Excessive Heat Warning: Feelin' Hot Hot Hot!

Keep an eye on seniors, kids and pets today

You thought Friday was hot?

Get ready for Saturday. Now we're talking dangerously hot.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for avon, Avon Lake and all of the Greater Cleveland area from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Temperatures will be flirting with the record books, with a high of 98 degrees forecast.

The heat index, which factors temperature and humidity together to get what it really feels like outside, is expected to be between 104 and 109 degrees on Saturday.

Remember, children often won't notice they have signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion. So keep an eye on them, make sure they're wearing sunscreen if they're outside, and have them stop play regularly for drinks and cooling off in the shade or inside.

Some elderly people may be resistant to using air conditioning. Look in on elderly friends, neighbors and relatives, and make sure they're cool and hydrated. Offer to take them to an air-conditioned place such as or public libraries for the afternoon. Or maybe a dip in the beach at

Take care of your pets. If they're outside, make sure they can get to a shaded area and have plenty of water. Bring them indoors if you can. Watch for signs of dehydration. And don't leave them in the car while you're running your errands. The inside of a car can get dangerously hot in less than five minutes.

Fortunately, we're getting a break from this extreme heat. There's a chance of thunderstorms Saturday evening, and Sunday will be much more moderate, with a high of 82 degrees. Much of early next week will also be in the low to mid-80s.pbook!

Stan Stepak July 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Great advice here about being careful with the excessive heat out there today.

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