Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Temperatures cooled slightly on Monday, thanks to a few thunder storms that came through the area. However, excessive heat warnings will continue for another week.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is reporting that an excessive heat warning will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Saturday. High pressure will continue to produce dangerous heat and high humidity with afternoon highs above 100 degrees with the heat indexes up to 115 degrees. According to NWS, the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Evening temperatures will remain warm and offer no relief.

County workers will continue to work in the heat, but will take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.

According to Delaware County Roads Foreman David Poindexter, “We don’t want to let

anyone get too hot.” Grove Public Works Director Jack Bower said some city workers are starting earlier so they can stop before the afternoon gets too hot. Some are starting at 6 a.m. and working straight through, not taking a lunch, so they can be done before the hottest part of the day. “I told them to stay cool, drink plenty of water and to try to get the hottest stuff done fi rst. We are just using common sense.

If you get too hot, sit down and rest for a little while,” said Bower. “And we are also furnishing them with Gatorade,” he said.

Although local EMS and fi re departments have not had any heat-related calls, Integris Grove Hospital reports it has had about three patients walk in each day with heat related illnesses for the last week. Rapid Remedy Urgent Care in Grove reports that they have had patients recently with heat-related issues, but nothing excessive. NWS recommends taking extra precautions if you work or spend time outside and when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

They also recommend wearing lightweight and loose fi tting clothing, know the signs and symptoms of heat related illness and to drink plenty of water.

NWS reminds the public that heat stroke is an emergency and if symptoms arise call 911.