Sweltering temperatures and ghastly heat indices are going to be the defining traits of much of the Midwest this week, particularly in eastern Iowa. Temperatures are projected to reach 100°F on August 23rd and August 24th, respectively, which could make heat indices climb near 115°F.

Even for a hot, humid Midwest summer, these temps are still pretty uncommon. Should one of these days see a pure temperature of 100°F or more, it would be the first time in over ten years that Dubuque would see triple-digit temps.

The City of Dubuque Warns These Folks Are the Most at Risk:

The City of Dubuque has laudably established several cooling centers in the area where people can enter and get a break from the oppressive temperatures. They did this late-last month when temperatures climbed into the upper 90s. While nobody is safe from extremely humid temperatures, these sectors of the population are particularly at risk:

  • People 65 and older
  • Infants and young children
  • People who are overweight
  • Anybody doing any physical activity outdoors
  • People who have chronic health conditions, specifically heart disease or high blood pressure
  • People who take certain medications, including medicine for depression, insomnia or poor circulation

Cooling Centers in Dubuque:

Per a news release from the City of Dubuque:

  • Bunker Hill Golf Course Clubhouse, 2200 Bunker Hill Rd.
    • Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St.
    • Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Dubuque Ice Arena, 1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr.
    • Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Dubuque Intermodal Transportation Center Lobby, 950 Elm St.
    • Monday – Thursday, 6:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main St.
    • Daily, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St.
    • Daily, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave.
    • Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Salvation Army of Dubuque, 1099 Iowa St.
    • Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The American Red Cross' Tips Can Save Lives:

The two-day weather outlook for Dubuque. Photo Credit: NWS
The two-day weather outlook for Dubuque. Photo Credit: NWS

The American Red Cross has also released some safety tips in order to combat and safely navigate this week's heat wave:

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • 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.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Take frequent breaks and use a buddy system when working outdoors.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.
  • Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

In the meantime, stay cool, stay hydrated, and be weather aware with the NWS 7-Day Forecast.

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