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LIMA ‚?? Residents should stock up on water and be aware of their surroundings this week, as temperatures could feel similar to 100-degree heat during a heat wave this week.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook through Friday, with heat indices expected above 100 degrees. The best way to deal with the heat is trying to cool yourself, usually with plenty of water, according to a news release from the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

‚??Several factors affect the body‚??s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather,‚?Ě according to the news release. ‚??When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly. Other risk factors include age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and prescription drug and alcohol use.‚?Ě

A combination of high temperatures in the 90s and high humidity could make the weather feel oppressive throughout the coverage area. Forecasted high temperatures this week in Lima are 91 on Tuesday, 91 on Wednesday, 92 on Thursday and 93 on Friday, according to the National Weather Service‚??s forecast.

The temperatures will remain this way until late Friday, when a cold front crosses the region, bringing thunderstorms and cooler temperatures. Saturday‚??s high, when thunderstorms could be possible throughout the day, is just 83.

Generally speaking, people should try to cool their bodies, give fluids and minimize shock when dealing with heat emergencies, according to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation, so call 911 and move into a cooler place if you suspect it.

Help is also available for eligible people who need air conditioning. The Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs‚?? Summer Crisis Program began July 1 and provides services through Aug. 3.

Homes with a household member 60 years of age or older with a total gross household income of 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines could be eligible for a free air conditioner, assuming they did not receive one last year.

That means someone is eligible if making no more than $20,107.50 annually for a one-person household, $27,142.50 for two-person household, $34,177.50 for three-person household, $41,212.50 for four-person household, $48,247.50 for five-person household, $55,282.50 for six-person household, $62,317.50 for seven-person household or $69,352.50 for an eight-person household.

Units are also available for people under the age of 60 if they have a statement from a health care provider proving its necessity. For details on the program, call 855-286-7559.

Pet owners are also urged to be cautious. The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness urges people with outdoors animals to have plenty of water and a place to get out of the sun. Pets and children should never be left in a car, as interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes, even with windows cracked open.

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