Sunday, July 19, 2015

What is the "Heat Index"?




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.

It surprises many people to learn that the heat index values in the chart above are for shady locations.  If you are exposed to direct sunlight, the heat index value can be increased by up to 15°F.  As shown in the table below, heat indices meeting or exceeding 103°F can lead to dangerous heat disorders with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity in the heat.

ClassificationHeat IndexEffect on the body
Caution80°F - 90°FFatigue possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity
Extreme Caution90°F - 103°FHeat stroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity
Danger103°F - 124°FHeat cramps or heat exhaustion likely, and heat stroke possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity
Extreme Danger125°F or higherHeat stroke highly likely

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