OTTUMWA — Summer doesn't seem to want to let go of the area just yet.
The National Weather Service issued a special statement on Friday warning that the weather is about to take a sharp turn. The statement predicts “a prolonged period of unseasonably hot conditions forecast to begin Sunday and extend through much of next week.”
This could end up being the hottest week of the year even though the averages hit their high more than four weeks ago. Forecasters say a front will move through Iowa this weekend, with Sunday's temperatures in the low to mid-90s. Monday through Wednesday will be even hotter, with highs into the upper 90s. Some locations could see triple-digit temperatures and even all-time records.
Temperatures will ease Wednesday, but the relief will be temporary. Temperatures will rise again by next weekend.
The NWS says this will be “the most prolonged period of heat since last summer.”
The heat could reach dangerous levels. Experts warn that people should reschedule strenuous activities, like exercise or yard work, for morning or evening hours. People need to drink plenty of fluids and stay in air-conditioned buildings when possible.
The very young and the elderly are particularly at risk when temperatures rise into the upper 90s, so people should check on relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety.