Omahans should be prepared to swelter at least through Labor Day weekend.
Daily highs are expected to be in the mid- to upper 90s and heat indices from 105 to 110 degrees at least through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. That's as far as the weather service makes forecasts.
Because of the continous hot weather, the weather service issued a heat advisory to remind people to take precautions. As the next couple of days go by, heat stress will accumulate.
A heat advisory is at the lower end of heat alerts issued by the service.
Because extreme heat is one of the deadliest types of weather, the Douglas County Health Department and American Red Cross provided the following suggestions:
• Never leave children or pets inside a car, even with the windows cracked open.
• Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
• Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
• Check on those without air conditioning, especially those over age 65.
• Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
• Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.