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Summer-like heat wave set to grip eastern Iowa

Heat and humidity will build under sprawling high pressure.

Heat and humidity is set to build into eastern Iowa this upcoming weekend with the hottest stretch of weather in nearly five years.

A big dome of high pressure will build in the southeast and expand northward sending in a surge of hot and humid weather. It will also shift the storm track north to the upper Midwest leaving eastern Iowa high and dry Friday through Monday.

High temperatures will climb into the 90s and with higher humidity that will send heat indices (feels like) to 100° or higher. Night lows will also be warm in the 70s.

Winds will be a bit breezy at times so that will mix up the air and could help alleviate the heat and humidity somewhat, but the bottom line is that it is going to be hot!

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Take precautions now. Heat Advisories will likely be issued by the National Weather Service.

The U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics provides information on fatalities, injuries and damages caused by weather related hazards.

According to their statistics comprised of storm data from National Weather Service offices in all fifty states, the number one weather related fatality per year is heat.

The numbers are based on thirty year averages.


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