Our yard looks like a jungle and I have no idea when I’m going to be able to mow it.
Because it’s oppressively, insanely hot. Even for a riding mower. The heat index right now – 6:37 p.m. – is 103. It’s going to 120 tomorrow and 121 Sunday.
And, yes, it’s cooler in the morning, but the grass is wet with dew and will choke the lawn mower. By the time it dries out, the heat index us back up into the danger zone. And, of course, the heat and humidity just make the grass grow that much faster.
Issued by The National Weather Service
3:29 pm CDT, Fri., Jul. 30, 2010
A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING.
* MAXIMUM HEAT INDEX READINGS BETWEEN 105 AND 108 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.
* THE HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS WILL OCCUR THROUGH 8 PM CDT.
* HEAT INDEX READINGS OF 105 DEGREES OR GREATER CAN BE DANGEROUS IF THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. YOUNG CHILDREN... ELDERLY PEOPLE... AND THOSE WITH ILLNESSES OR HEART CONDITIONS ARE MOST AT RISK.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS... STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM... STAY OUT OF THE SUN... AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
... DANGEROUS HEAT WILL CONTINUE ACROSS MOST OF THE MIDSOUTH...
.A COMBINATION OF VERY HIGH HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE 90S WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE DANGEROUS HEAT INDEX READINGS ACROSS MUCH OF THE MIDSOUTH INTO EARLY THIS EVENING.