A heat advisory has been issued for southeastern Nebraska as the entire state swelters under intense summer temperatures.
State Public Health Deputy Director Jenifer Roberts-Johnson has a few precautions for Nebraskans during these hot days.
“Folks just need to keep in mind the amount of time they’re spending outside,” Roberts-Johnson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They need to make sure they’re drinking plenty of fluids. They need to make sure if they know they’re going to be outside, they’re wearing light, loose-fitting clothing.”
Temperatures throughout the state top 90; upper 90s in the southeast with the heat index well above 100. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the southeastern portion of the state. Thunderstorms could roll in this afternoon, but temperatures are expected to stay in the upper 80s and lower 90s throughout the week.
Roberts-Johnson says it’s important for Nebraskans to pay attention to what their bodies tell them during such hot days, especially those working outdoors.
“They need to take particular attention to how they’re feeling and the weather, but I think really hydration and trying to take a break when you need it is important to avoid any sort of heat-related illness,” according to Roberts-Johnson.