Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded Wednesday’s excessive heat advisory to an
excessive heat warning, in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
today are expected to be 88 to 91 near the lake and 92 to 96 inland, with
the hottest conditions on Friday and Saturday when temps are predicted to
reach 95 to 100 degrees.
indices today: 99 to 101 near the lake, 105 to 110 inland. Maximum heat
indices on Friday: 109 to 115 degrees.
effects of temperatures and heat index values this high could lead to heat
related illnesses with prolonged exposure,” NWS said. “Those without air
conditioning, elderly, small children, and pets are especially susceptible.
Plan ahead. Have a cool place to shelter from the heat. Avoid outdoor
activity, especially strenuous ones, during the peak heating times of the
day. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.”
reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs
and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” NWS added. “Wear light
weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air
conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool
and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency: call 911.”
“Young children and
pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,”
NWS said. “This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car
interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.”
the Town Hall meeting room, 726 Broadway. The meeting room is now open 24/7
through the weekend. Water and cots will be provided. No need to call head.
call the Porter Police Department first, at 926-7611. Cooling shelters may
include the Community Building in Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Drive; or the
Porter Fire Station, 550 Beam St. Transportation may be available for Porter
residents, as resources permit.
--In Burns Harbor:
the Fire Station, 308 Navajo Trail; with the Town Hall, 1240 N. Boo Road, as
an overflow site if needed.
Chesterton: the Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St. in Chesterton. Open 5
a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Sunday.
--In Chesterton as
well: the Thomas Branch of the Westchester Public Library, 200 W.
Indiana Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
--Also in Porter:
the Hageman Branch of the Westchester Public Library, 100 Francis St. Open 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed on
Dunes: the Ogden Dunes Fire Department, 111 Hillcrest Road.
Non-emergency number: 477-3170.
Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. Non-emergency number: 477-3170.
Valparaiso YMCA, 1202 Cumberland Crossing. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Valparaiso: Porter County Public Library, 103 Jefferson St. Open 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m.