Excessive heat warning is in effect today

INDIANA — Heat index values today could hit a dangerous level of 112 degrees in parts of central, south-central, southwest, and west-central Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.

The heat advisory for counties south and west of Indianapolis will take place from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. today. Indianapolis was not part of the heat advisory. Cities in the advisory area included Bedford, Mitchell, Bloomington, Bloomfield, Jasonville, Loogootee, Shoals, Linton, Seymour, Washington, Nashville, Martinsville, and others.

A cold front will begin ending the heatwave Thursday afternoon with some scattered storms. It will be cooler and less humid by the weekend.

Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

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