Michigan State Police Urging Residents To Prepare For Extreme Heat

Marisa Jenkins
July 02, 2020 - 10:43 am

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(WWJ) Crank up the AC, metro Detroit! Forecasters are calling for high temperatures above 90° every single day for at least the next week.

"We're looking at clear, sunny conditions out there. We'll see that sunshine all day today, boosting temperatures," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuel, live on WWJ Thursday morning. "We'll reach the lower 90s this afternoon; 92° expected specifically — and that'll be the hottest temperature so far this year."

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Samuel said temps will drop overnight to a more comfortable 69°, but the respite won't last long.

AccuWeather RealFeel temperatures will approach 100° over the holiday weekend.

"There's more hot weather in the forecast Friday through the weekend," Samuel said. "We'll have highs in the lower 90s tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday — it should be rain-free as well — and the heat stays with us for a good chunk of next week."

In fact, looking at the daily AccuWeather forecast, there's a chance that the Detroit area won't see a high under 90° until July 12. (Scroll down for a closer look at the forecast).

Knowing people will be out and about for the July 4th weekend, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents to mind the weather conditions, and take steps to stay safe. 

“Extreme heat can be life-threatening,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking some precautionary steps, you can minimize your risk of heat-related injury and help those who are most affected by severe heat.”  

To prevent heat-related injury:

  • Find places with air conditioning to take a break from the heat.
  • If you are outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as it could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
  • Avoid high-energy activities.
  • Check yourself, family members and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness. Learn the signs at www.michigan.gov/miready

Always remember that if it feels hot outside to you, it's hot outside for your pets, too. Make sure to provide plenty of water and shade for pets when they're outside, and bring them inside when possible. You should never leave pets (or people) in vehicles, even with the windows rolled down, and even for just a few minutes. Those few minutes could be deadly. 

Something else to keep in mind: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says sunny days and a lack of rain have resulted in elevated fire danger going into the weekend. You can help everyone have a great holiday by practicing fire safety.

  • Have a water source ready when using fireworks or having a campfire
  • Visit Michigan.gov/BurnPermit to check if it’s ok to burn yard waste (local ordinances also apply)
  • Never leave a fire unattended, and always put it out completely with water

More info is available at Michigan.gov/PreventWildfires.

Here is the daily AccuWeather forecast for Detroit:

daily forecast
(credit: AccuWeather)

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit www.michigan.gov/miready or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

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