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August 2, 2006

Heat Wave

by @ 7:41 am. Filed under Current Events

Since its inception, this blog has provided a daily posting about what we believe is the most important registry-related issue of the day (and “registry-related” is construed very broadly). Over time, the accumulated blog entries provide us with a historical record of not only the registry, but of important societal and cultural events as well. So today it’s appropriate to write about our present heat wave. Here’s what the National Weather Service says about the conditions in our area right now (the caps are their’s):

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING……HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM EDT THURSDAY…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM EDT THURSDAY. AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING. TODAY WILL BE THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE WEEK…AS HIGH TEMPERATURES APPROACH 100 DEGREES OVER MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. HEAT INDICES WILL RANGE FROM 105 TO 110 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON WITH ISOLATED VALUES NEAR 115 DEGREES POSSIBLE. IT WILL REMAIN VERY HOT AND HUMID THROUGH THURSDAY…ALTHOUGH NOT QUITE TO THE LEVELS OF TODAY.

THIS IS A RELATIVELY EXTREME EVENT FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THE HEAT WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE A SERIOUS LIFE THREATENING SITUATION IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN…ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY…CHILDREN…AND THOSE WHO WORK OUTSIDE BETWEEN 11 AM AND 6 PM EACH DAY. PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHOULD BE PATIENT WHEN ENCOUNTERING DELAYS AND PLAN ON ALTERING THEIR DAILY ROUTINE…IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR WORSE…BEING A CASUALTY OF LIFE THREATENING HEAT STROKE. AVOID STRENUOUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITY…ESPECIALLY FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH THE EVENING…AND SPEND TIME IN AIR CONDITIONING IF POSSIBLE. MAKE SURE ROOMS REMAIN PROPERLY VENTILATED IF AIR CONDITIONING IS NOT AVAILABLE BY OPENING WINDOWS AND USING FANS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE IN THE URBAN CENTERS. NO PERSON OR PET SHOULD EVER STAY IN AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE EVEN FOR THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME. TEMPERATURES QUICKLY RISE TO LIFE THREATENING LEVELS…EVEN IF THE WINDOWS ARE PARTIALLY OPENED.

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN HIGH HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO COMBINE WITH HOT TEMPERATURES RESULTING IN HEAT INDICES OF 105 DEGREES OR GREATER.

Just prior to writing this (at about 11:45 a.m.), I ventured out for a 20 minute walk to get my own sense of the conditions. It certainly is hot, but the most notable feature was the “thickness” of the air which made it a chore just to take a breath. Fortunately for those working inside the courthouse, the many air conditioners are chugging away, keeping it very comfortable here. Hopefully everyone who is reading this is doing so in a like environment.

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