Summer is heating up quickly.
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for Tuesday for a heat index of 100 degrees.
Summertime will be in full swing across the midstate region on Tuesday at the daytime highs hit the lower to mid- 90s and high humidity. This will create a heat index — how the heat feels rather than actual temperature — west of the Cumberland Plateau.
Keep hot weather safety rules in mind.
- Never leave a child or a pet in a closed car for even a few minutes. Summer daytime heating can reach deadly levels in a very brief time.
- Check on the elderly to make sure they are coping with the heat.
- If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning in the hottest part of the day.
- If your must be outdoors, take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water and reschedule activities to a cooler part of the day.
- Wear ightweight light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Listen to your body and be aware of the signs of heat stroke, heat cramps, and heart exhaustion.
- Lastly, stay in the shade. Substitute a lawn chair under a tree for the lawnmower in the yard.