According to Gordon County EMA Director Richard Cooper, heat indices will be 100 to 105 this afternoon.
The heat wave will continue through the weekend with maximum temperatures this afternoon expected to clime into the low to mid 100s across north and central Georgia.
Although this does not meet heat advisory criteria with maximum temperatures in the low 70s, afternoon temperatures will still be dangerous. These high temperatures are forecast to last through the weekend, although with increased moisture, the heat indices will increase to 105 to 110 for Saturday and Sunday, said Cooper.
Gordon County EMA urges residents to take extra precautions to protect themselves, family and pets from the heat, especially f you are spending time outside. Always, limit outside time and when possible, reschedule events for the early morning or evening, advises the EMA.
The EMA also recognizes the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Individuals should wear light colored clothing and loose fitting clothes when possible and drink plenty of water.
There are also a high fire danger conditions this afternoon into the evening for north parts of central Georgia due to low relative humidities, according to the Gordon County EMA.
For more information, contact Gordon County EMA at 706-602-2905.