It's Memorial Day weekend, and in the weather world, that's the unofficial start to summer. Summer means longer days, sunshine, and hot weather.
But it's not always fun in the sun. Excessive heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
When temperatures and humidity combine with potentially deadly results, the National Weather Service issued excessive heat outlooks, advisories, watches, and warnings.
Excessive Heat Outlook: There's a potential for excessive heat in the next 3-7 days.
Excessive Heat Watch: Conditions are favorable for excessive heat in the next day or two.
Excessive Heat Advisory: Excessive heat will occur that day, and it could cause significant discomfort or inconvenience.
Excessive Heat Warning: Excessive heat poses a serious threat to life today.
On these really hot days, stay out of the sun, enjoy the air conditioning, and slow down, especially during the afternoon when it's hottest.
Paying attention to the weather forecast and following this common sense advice should help anyone beat the heat in the upcoming months.
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