According to NOAA, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. Hundreds of fatalities are related to heat each year, most of which can be avoided. Take the heat wave of 1995 more than 700 deaths in the Chicago area were attributed to heat, making this the deadliest weather event in Chicago history. According to the NWS, in August 2003, a record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives.
IMPORTANT: Since heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions, exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15°F.
Never Leave Children, Disabled Adults or Pets in Parked Vehicles!