Today is going to be a scorcher, with heat index values up 102 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The actual temperature is expected to reach the mid 90s in the Peabody area, but high humidity levels will make it feel much hotter and can cause dangerous conditions for anyone ill-prepared.
The NWS issued a heat advisory early this morning that is in effect from 1 to 7 p.m. and says that with the heat indices so high, it could result in "dangerous conditions for those spending prolonged periods of time outside."
"The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible," says the NWS. "Avoid prolonged work in the sun or in poorly ventilated areas. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned environment, stay out of the sun and check in on relatives and neighbors."
If you must be outside today, take some extra precautions and when possible, reschedule more strenuous activities to the evening, says the NWS. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent rest breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned place. And of course, call 911 for any heat-related emergencies.
The city has also posted links on its website to resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for residents. There are guides on extreme heat prevention and how to detect signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.