WSIL -- A HEAT ADVISORY is in effect for parts of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hot. Hot. Hot. That's the theme today and through much of the weekend.
This morning is already off to a warmer, more humid start with temperatures in the upper 70s.
More heat and more humidity this afternoon, especially in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri where moisture will pool ahead of a cold front just north of the region.
Temperatures will actually be highest along the I-64 corridor with areas from Mt. Vernon to Pinckneyville forecasted to hit 97º. From Murphysboro to Marion, temperatures will likely peak around 95º. Farther south, temperatures will be in the lower 90s from Golconda to Paducah.
The highest temperatures will also experience the highest humidity. This will push heat indices to 102 to 106º across southern Illinois.
This kind of heat and humidity can pose a risk to vulnerable populations of people and pets. Check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they have air conditioning and a way to stay cool. Avoid strenuous activities outside during the heat of the day and if you are out, wear loose fitting, light colored clothing and stay hydrated.
If pets are outside, be sure they have plenty of water and shade to beat the heat. Of course, NEVER leave kids or pets in cars unattended.
The weekend brings only slight relief from the heat as our region gets stuck in the middle of a system to the north and a tropical system to the south. A few storms can't entirely be ruled out Saturday, but rain chances overall are low.