The National Weather Service has issued a HEAT ADVISORY for the Mid-Michigan area for Thursday and Friday. The HEAT ADVISORY will remain in effect from 1pm this afternoon (Thursday) to 7pm on Friday (7/21).

Some things to keep in mind with this advisory:

* TEMPERATURES WILL CLIMB INTO THE 90S WITH HIGH HUMIDITY BOTH TODAY AND FRIDAY.

* HEAT INDEX READINGS WILL SOAR TO AROUND 100 BOTH AFTERNOONS.

* THE LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL ONLY BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 70S, WHICH WILL NOT ALLOW RECOVERY FROM THE HEAT.

* PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE OUTDOOR HEAT COULD BE DANGEROUS... MAKING HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STOKE POSSIBLE.

It's extremely important to stay as cool as possible during the HEAT ADVISORY. Here are some tips from the city of East Lansing:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. 
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Slow down, stay indoors when possible and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. 
  • Take frequent breaks if working outside and use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. 
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles. 
  • If living in a home without air conditioning, consider visiting places with air conditioning during the warmest part of the day for relief. Community members are welcome to visit the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, and the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, during regular business hours. The East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, 6400 Abbot Road, is another great option. 
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat, such as the elderly.

And here are some energy efficiency tips from Consumers Energy to get you through these hot days:

  •  Set the air conditioning thermostat for your home or business at 78 degrees during the day and higher when you’re away.
  • Don’t cool unused areas. Close doors and registers to cut energy costs.
  • Block the summer sun: Close drapes, shades and blinds during the heat of the day to reduce your heat gain.
  • In the heat of the day, avoid using appliances that generate a lot of heat, such as stoves and clothes dryers.
  • Get a tune-up to be sure your air conditioning is operating at peak efficiency. Keep the coils clean on your air conditioner. Clean the filter routinely.
  • Remember: A ceiling fan cools fast and costs less than air conditioning.

Keep in mind that the high temperatures for Saturday and Sunday will also be around 90 degrees and there is a chance for some storms on Sunday. We will see temperatures in the mid 80's for Monday and Tuesday.