Extreme heat coming back to Nebraska Wednesday

HASTINGS, Neb. -- Extreme heat is returning to central, north central, southwest and west central Nebraska on Wednesday.

With heat indexes expected to reach triple digits, as high as 105 degrees in some places, the National Weather Service is issuing a heat advisory for several counties until 8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. MT on Wednesday.

The affected areas include eastern Cherry, Keya Paha, Boyd, Brown, Rock, Holt, Thomas, Blaine, Loup, Garfield, Wheeler, McPherson, Logan, Custer, Keith, Perkins, Lincoln, Chase, Hayes and Frontier Counties.

The National Weather Service reminds everyone to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.