There is a Heat Advisory in effect for Downeast Maine today, Sunday August 7th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Temperatures are expected to be in the high to upper 80's but the Heat Index, what it will actually feel like is expected to be up to 100 degrees late this morning and afternoon.

It is very important to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room if possible, 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.

If you do have to work or spend time outside, it's important to take extra precautions . 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. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911!

There is also a Beach Hazard Statement in effect today, Sunday, August 7th through this evening. Areas affected include all of Coastal Hancock and Washington Counties

Photo Chris Popper - Townsquare Media
Photo Chris Popper - Townsquare Media

The warmer air temperatures in the upper 80's may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures which are currently only in the  upper 50's.

Anyone on boats, or paddlecraft should use caution and be prepared for immersion and the cold water, according to the warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Beach Hazard Statements are issued on days when a significant number of boats and paddlecrafts are expected to be out on the water and when warm air temperatures may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water. Paddle smart from the start. Always wear your life jacket. Be aware of wind conditions, tides and localized currents

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