June 17, 2009

Officials Urge Residents To Keep Cool as Big Bend Heats Up

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee is calling for a high today of 100 today, Thursday and Friday. The heat index, a measure of how hot it feels when humidity is added to the air temperature, could hit 109 through Friday.

With high temperatures expected to hit 100 and above starting today, state officials are urging Florida residents and visitors to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun if possible. "While many Floridians are used to summertime temperatures, it is important that everyone drink plenty of fluids and take steps to avoid extended hours in the sun where possible," said Ruben D. Almaguer, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

An unusually strong ridge of high pressure over the area is causing the high temperatures. Also, winds from the northwest are expected to keep the sea breeze confined to the coast, which will drop rain chances below normal.

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