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Widespread, oppressive and dangerous heat to roast much of the U.S. through the weekend. Plan for excessive heat warnings and heat advisories in effect for at least 22 states and the District of Columbia. According to the National Weather Advisory it will possibly be some of the hottest conditions since 2012.

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How can you keep yourself, your kids or your pets safe when it feels like 109 degrees outside? Here’s some of the National Weather Service’s recommendations:

  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothes
  • Never leave children or pets in a car, where high temperatures can kill
  • Stay out of the sun and in an air-conditioned space, if possible
  • Limit strenous outdoor activities
  • Check on your elderly friends or neighbors, or those without air conditioning
  • If you work outside, take frequent breaks in shade or air conditioning
  • Call 911 if you or someone around you is suffering heat stroke