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The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for much of Indiana today as humid air combines with readings in the 90s to make it feel much hotter.
The weather service said today’s highs are forecast to reach the lower to middle 90s across the state, but humid air will create heat indexes in the 105 to 110-degree range. The hottest readings will be in southwestern Indiana.
Indiana residents are advised to drink plenty of water, slow down and reduce or avoid strenuous outdoor activities and wear lightweight clothing to avoid becoming overcome by the heat.
The elderly, children and people with health problems are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness. The weather service is advising people who can to check on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they’re keeping cool.
A high near 92 is predicted for the Decatur area, with heat index values — temperature combined with humidity — as high as 100. Forecasters said there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms here.
Allen County and other counties north of it were placed under a severe thunderstorm watch around 6:30 a.m. today.
A low around 73 is seen for this area tonight.
Tuesday may be a slight bit cooler here, with a high around 89 forecast, along with a 30 percent chance of showers and storms.
Highs Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be in the low 80s, the weather bureau said.
The Decatur weather station recorded a high of 94 degrees on Sunday.