The National Weather Service has issued an 'Excessive Heat Watch' for Northeast Iowa. The watch begins Wednesday morning and runs through Friday evening.

According to the NWS web site, "an Excessive Heat Watch means that Heat Index values are expected to reach or exceed 110°F* and not fall below 75°F* for at least a 48 hour period."

They advise that we should, "suspend all major daytime outdoor activities if a warning is issued. If you do not have air conditioning, locate the nearest cooling shelter or discuss staying with nearby family or friends who have A/C."

The forecast for Wednesday through Friday calls for temperatures to hit the mid to upper 90's throughout Northeast Iowa, and the Heat Index values could hit 105 to 115 degrees.

Possible Heat Disorders for People in High Risk Groups (as per the National Weather Service)...

  • 130°F or Higher - Heat/Sunstroke HIGHLY LIKELY with continued exposure
  • 105°F - 130°F- Sunstroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion LIKELY, and heatstroke POSSIBLE with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity
  • 90°F - 105°F- Sunstroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion POSSIBLE with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity
  • 80°F - 90°F - Fatigue POSSIBLE with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity