Heat Advisory Issued For The Region Today
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of the region, including Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties, effective from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Heat index values of 95 to 100 are expected, with temperatures in the lower 90s and dew points in the lower 70s.
The heat index is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature, according to the weather service.
Dew point is the temperature to which air must be cooled to become saturated with water vapor. Dew points higher than 70 are considered to be at “tropical” level.
Today’s heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure, according to the advisory.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible, the advisory states.
It suggests taking precautionary measures: Drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.
And do not expect much relief until at least Thursday.
Very warm and humid conditions, with high temperatures in the 90s, will continue into Wednesday for much of the area, according to the advisory.
Accuweather predicts high temperatures of 93 degrees today and 92 degrees on Wednesday, in Wilkes-Barre.
— ERIC MARK