The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.
To find the Heat Index temperature, look at the Heat Index Chart above.
As an example, if the air temperature is 96°F and the relative humidity is 65%, the heat index--how hot it feels--is 121°F. The red area without numbers indicates extreme danger. The National Weather Service will initiate alert procedures when the Heat Index is expected to exceed 105°-110°F (depending on local climate) for at least 2 consecutive days.
|Classification||Heat Index||Effect on the body|
|Caution||80°F - 90°F||Fatigue possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity|
|Extreme Caution||90°F - 103°F||Heat stroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity|
|Danger||103°F - 124°F||Heat cramps or heat exhaustion likely, and heat stroke possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity|
|Extreme Danger||125°F or higher||Heat stroke highly likely|