The Florida Division of Emergency Management is warning residents and visitors of “dangerously hot and humid conditions” statewide this week. A heat advisory has been issued for the Coastal Panhandle, Nature Coast, and West-Central Florida, near Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort.
Dangerous Heat Conditions in Central Florida
The warning issued Wednesday morning states these dangerous conditions are developing throughout the day. Temperatures will continue to climb into the 90s. Heat indices (what the temperature feels like with humidity) will be between 100 and 108.
The heat advisory for the Nature Coast and West-Central Florida indicates heat indices upwards of 109. The rest of Central Florida could also approach heat advisory criteria, which is heat indices of 108 or great.
Such conditions will continue through the rest of the week with little rain expected. Heat indices could reach up to 110 for Central Florida, according to Click Orlando. The average high temperature for Orlando this week is 91.
Stay hydrated and cool to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Division of Emergency Management provided the above chart of heat exhaustion and heat stroke symptoms. If you are experiencing dizziness, extreme thirst, heavy sweating, nausea, or weakness, move to a cooler area and sip cool water. If these symptoms do not improve and/or advance to confusion, dry skin with no sweat, a rapid pulse, or unconsciousness, call 911.