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Under the dome

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s going to be another hot and sticky day in central Ohio as a dome of high pressure traps much of the nation under a dome of excessively hot weather.

The National Weather Service has extended a Heat Advisory until 9:00 p.m. Friday as temperatures rise above 90 degrees, but it  will feel like 102 degrees with humidity factored in.

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Montgomery County through tomorrow and as forecasters say it’ll feel like 105 degrees when the humidity takes hold.

The National Weather Service says the heat wave is scorching folks from South Dakota to Massachusetts and, on Wednesday, most states had at least one region where the temperature hit 90 degrees.

Columbus city officials are launching Operation Cool Down today and tomorrow, opening fire hydrants at four rec centers.

“To help make it through this hot and humid weather, we want to offer our residents some relief and some fun. I encourage our residents to visit our air-conditioned recreation centers, swimming pools and spray grounds as well as these temporary cool-down areas,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said.

Hydrants will be turned on between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. today and tomorrow:

Beatty Recreation Center in front of 180 N. Ohio Ave.

Driving Park in front of 1718 E. Columbus Street

Linden Park in front of 1254 Briarwood Ave.

Westgate Park at Wicklow Road and S. Southhampton Avenue

There are also several air-conoditioned rec centers and pools open to the public.

State emergency officials recommend the following safety measures to avoid heat-related illness:

Drink Cool Fluids

Increase your water intake. Don’t wait until you are thirsty before you start drinking water.

Do not take salt tablets without a physician’s advice.

Avoid beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine, because they can add to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illnesses.

Monitor or Limit Outdoor Activities

Young children may become preoccupied with outdoor play and not realize they are overheated. Adults should mandate frequent breaks and bring children indoors to cool down and have cool drinks.

Children or adolescents involved in team sports should be closely monitored for signs of heat stress. Consideration should be given to modifying practice or games during the hottest parts of the day and shifting practice to cooler times.

NEVER Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles

Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures quickly. Even if the windows are cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.

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