The heat is on … and getting hotter!

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While summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, the heat is on and about to get hotter.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for 90 degree and higher temperatures over the next seven days and heat indexes that will approach 100 degrees. Warnings are issued when the hit index hits 105, but even at 100 it is advised that you limit outdoor activity, wear light-colored clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks when outdoors.

Thunderstorms are also forecast through Sunday, with some potentially severe thunderstorms by midweek.

Always remember to provide shade and plenty of water for pets during periods of high heat, or, preferably, bring them indoors.

Also, do not leave children or pets unattended in cars. The heat can easily reach well into the triple digits and become deadly.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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