With the heat index expected to reach over 100 degrees in the coming days, the National Weather Service has issued a warning that conditions may become dangerous beginning Thursday and lasting until Saturday night.
According to a statement from the service's Mount Holly office, the excessive heat warning will go into effect for much of New Jersey, including Ocean and western Monmouth Counties, beginning Thursday at noon.
High temperatures coupled with rising humidity are expected to bring the heat index to about 105 degrees Thursday.
The service expects the index to increase to 110 degrees on Friday. It is then predicted to reach between 105 and 110 degrees on Saturday.
In the statement, the NWS warns that conditions "will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely."
"Anyone overcome by heat should move to a cool and shaded location," the statement reads. "Heat stroke is an emergency — call 911."
To avoid heat-related health problems, the service recommends doing strenuous outdoor activities during the cooler morning or evening hours, wearing light and loose-fitting clothes and drinking plenty of fluids.
It is also important to stay in air conditioning and out of the sun, according to the statement.
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