Excessive heat watch will be in effect Saturday

Heat warning for area

Heat warning for area

"The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a unsafe situation in which heat illnesses are likely", the agency said. Lawrence County, Ky and Wayne County, WV are under an Excessive Heat Warning as well for the same time period. Extreme heat events are becoming more common and severe - and they are lasting longer - due to global climate change. A few storms are possible Friday afternoon and evening.

The trigger for this heat wave is a sprawling, strong high pressure area, also known as a "Heat Dome", building across the U.S. Another high pressure area in the Western Atlantic, which is known as the "Bermuda High", is also a key player, since the circulation around these weather features is pumping hot and humid air from south to north. A heat advisory is in effect for the higher elevations. Northeast Kentucky has an Excessive Heat Warning for Friday and Saturday.

Pets can succumb to the effects of excessive heat.

Stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade.

Limit activity, especially during peak heat from roughly 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

-Don't leave children or pets in vehicles. Signs of heat exhaustion include cold, clammy skin; a fast, weak pulse; vomiting; weakness and fainting.

Friends, relatives, or neighbors should check on the elderly and people with chronic ailments, who are usually the first to suffer from heat-related illness.

"A number of record highs and overnight warm minimum temperatures are likely". Saturday's forecast low of 82 degrees would tie the record for the date. On Sunday, the region could get as hot as 102 degrees.

On Friday morning, forecasters at the Weather Service forecast office in Philadelphia wrote that this heat wave would be "prolonged, dangerous, and potentially deadly". Cuyahoga County also provides a list of cooling centers here. Values that extreme happen about once a decade on average. On July 16, 1980, the 4 p.m. observation was 103 degrees with a dew point of 78 degrees to reach that high point.

Saturday is set to be the hottest day of the weekend, as a heatwave will move eastward from central parts to the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service. The heat and humidity are made to feel worse by the large amount of moisture in the air coming from the Gulf of Mexico, much of it left from Hurricane Barry. Temperatures will drop dramatically come Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.