HeatWESTERN Ky. (7/17/19) — Heat index values are expected to reach 100 degrees or greater across western Kentucky beginning Thursday afternoon.

The NWS in Paducah has placed the entire region under an excessive heat watch Thursday-Sunday. A few thunderstorms could offer a brief cool down through afternoon and evening hours.

Heat indices could reach 105-110 degrees each afternoon, according to weather experts. Some strong thunderstorms could move across the area through Monday.

The NWS reports high temperatures could increase the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke for those working outdoors.

Inside vehicles, temperatures could reach fatal levels in a matter of minutes.

The NWS reports it is never safe to leave a toddler, disabled person or pet locked in a car regardless of weather conditions. Always leave car doors locked when not in use, since children could get locked inside.

Nine toddlers have died in hot cars this year already.

Heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the U.S., resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, according to government statistics. USA.gov urges residents to check on the elderly, sick and those without air-conditioning.

This extended heat coupled with humidity could worsen effects of heat stress and offer virtually no relief during the nighttime hours, officials said.

Kentucky EMA officials suggest those without AC visit public places during the day to keep cool.

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