Quick Takes

Yes, it really is that hot. Take care.

By: - August 22, 2023 12:34 pm

Know the signs of heat stroke versus heat exhaustion. (Photo from National Weather Service).

Central Kentucky could see heat indexes higher than 100 degrees this week, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a hazardous weather outlook

The NWS says a slew of Kentucky counties will see heat indexes reach around 100 degrees Tuesday. 

Temperatures will be in the mid-90s Wednesday to Monday with heat indexes over 100. 

Extreme temperatures can be dangerous, leading to heat stroke and exhaustion. 

Stay safe during extreme heat with these tips: 

  • Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic fluids
  • Stay out of the sun and in air conditioning 
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities
  • Wear lightweight and loose clothes 
  • Take rest breaks often 
  • Check on loved ones and acquaintances 
  • Don’t leave pets or children alone in cars 
  • Call 911 if someone around you experiences heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke include headaches, confusion, nausea, dizziness and loss of consciousness, among others. 
  • Heat exhaustion symptoms include dizziness, weakness, heavy sweating and more. To combat symptoms, loosen clothing, sip water and move into a cooler area. If symptoms don’t improve, get medical help. 

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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, children's welfare, COVID-19 and more.