NWS: Heat advisory runs through Friday evening, with potential extension


As southwest Ohio bakes under an intense heat wave, residents are being urged to take precautions in these conditions. The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for the entire area, effective through 8 p.m. on Friday, with a possibility of extension into Saturday. This advisory underscores the seriousness of the prolonged period of high temperatures expected to last through the week.

“The heat wave continues,” the National Weather Service stated. “A few storms may develop this afternoon, generally north and west of Dayton. Any storm that does form will have the potential to produce strong to damaging wind gusts from a downburst.”

In addition to the immediate threat of severe weather, the extended heat poses health risks. Clinton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has highlighted the primary hazards, emphasizing the potential for heat stress-related illnesses. The cumulative effect of several days of high temperatures with minimal overnight relief can exacerbate the risk of heat illness, making it crucial for residents to remain vigilant.

Pets are also at high risk during this heat wave. The National Weather Service has issued a reminder about summer pet safety, noting that animals can suffer fatal heatstroke within just 15 minutes if left in parked vehicles. Cracking windows is not sufficient to prevent this danger. Pet owners are strongly advised to never leave their pets in parked cars under any circumstances.

For more detailed information on pet safety and heat precautions, residents are encouraged to visit the US National Weather Service Wilmington OH Facebook page.

Tips for Staying Safe in Extreme Heat:

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Limit Outdoor Activities: If possible, stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day.

Wear Light Clothing: Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing.

Use Fans and Air Conditioning: Spend time in air-conditioned places. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, consider visiting a public place that does.

Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Elderly neighbors, young children, and those with health conditions are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Never Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles: The temperature inside a parked car can soar rapidly, posing a deadly risk.

Emergency Cooling Relief Stations in Clinton County: For those seeking immediate relief from the heat, Clinton County offers several emergency cooling relief stations:

-Wilmington (Dist 1):

46 East Sugartree Street

Contact: (937) 328-2244

– Sabina (Dist 2):

179 South Jackson Street

Contact: (937) 584-4132

– Clarksville (Dist 3):

82 Springhill Road

Contact: (937) 289-3427

– Midland/Westboro (Dist 4):

12572 US 68 South

Contact: (937) 625-1182

– Chester TWP (Dist 5):

5580 State Route 380

Contact: (937) 283-1616

– New Vienna (Dist 6):

676 West Street

Contact: (937) 987-2713

– Blanchester – East Fancy St (Dist 8):

447 East Fancy St

Contact: (937) 783-4925

– Blanchester – N Broadway St (Dist 8):

703 N Broadway St

Contact: (937) 783-4925

– Port William (Dist 9):

7211 North State Route 134

Contact: (937) 486-5300

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