If you thought Monday was hot, get ready for what could be a record-tying punch in the face from summer.
After a high of 98 on Monday, forecasters are calling for triple-digit heat across the area today, with some predicting the mercury to top 103 -- the record high for the day, set in 1926.
But if you plan to go outside, the humidity likely is to make it feel even hotter, as the heat index will reach 110 in some places, according to the National Weather Service.
So, it's important to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.
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- Postpone nonessential tasks to the coolest parts of the day.
- Open windows, turn on fans and use other methods of creating air flow.
- Take plenty of breaks in a cooler environment.
- Drink plenty of water. Workers in extreme heat conditions should drink 5 to 7 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of heat exposure.
Relief in sight?
Showers and thunderstorms could bring some relief from the heat this afternoon, though the chance of rain is around 30 percent, according to the National Weather Service. After today, high temperatures aren't expected to break 90 for the rest of the week.
-- Herald staff