Mary Alice Reporting:

(Wednesday, July 4th) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – Tuscarawas Valley officials remind residents of safety tips to stay cool over Independence Day with temperatures reaching into the 90’s.

A heat advisory is in effect from 1pm until 7pm, and the National Weather Service warns the hot and humid air will make temperature seem higher.

Tuscarawas Emergency Management Agency Director Alex McCarthy points out this is known as a heat index.

“It’s a measure of what the temperature actually feels like cause when the airs really humid it actually feels warmer than it really is. The Weather Service says that we’re going to have temperatures that fell like it’s in the low 100 degrees.”

People are asked to limit outdoor activities during 2pm and 5pm, seek shade or stay indoors, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

McCarthy adds that if you are taking part of the different holiday festivals, to follow some precautions.

“Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion. If you’re starting to feel faint or dizzy, if you have cool, pale, or clammy skin, you start to feel nauseous or have a rapid, weak pulse get into an air conditioned place as soon as possible and start to drink some water.”

Additionally, residents can get out of the heat by visiting friends or family, as well as staying in a public building.

(Photo from the NWS)

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