Friday, June 29, 2012 article on heat advisory and air quality alert

I decided to turn the previous blog post into an article on I was inspired to do it instead of re-writing a university press release. Besides, I may as well get paid for it.

Metro Detroit under combined heat advisory and air quality alert
Temperatures will be dangerously high today and tomorrow for metro Detroiters. In addition, the air will be unhealthy to breathe for sensitive individuals today, which is an ozone action day. Both sets of weather conditions call for people to remain indoors and limit their activity today.

This morning, the National Weather Service office for Detroit and Pontiac issued a heat advisory for southeast Michigan that will last until 9 P.M. Saturday. The counties affected are Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe. These counties are experiencing high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s today and are forecast to have only slightly cooler temperatures tomorrow. It feels even hotter this afternoon, as the Heat Index ranges from the mid 90s to near 100 by the Ohio border.

The National Weather service warns that heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration are possible. Furthermore, four consecutive days of above 90 degree temperatures will add to the heat stress of people sensitive to the high temperatures. To prevent these conditions, drink plenty of fluids, remain out of the sun, and stay in an air-conditioned room. Also, check on your relatives, neighbors, and pets. Children and pets should never be left unattended in cars and trucks.
More on the air quality alert and what to do about it, as well as the effects and extent of the heat and drought, at the link in the headline. One of the links describing the effects is to this WXYZ video.

Also, for your amusement, here is a video of an ice-cream sandwich melting in the sun. The staffers at must have gotten bored.

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