Heat advisory for today, Saturday

It’s going to be hot, and emergency agencies are warning residents to be cautious.

The National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory for Columbus and the mid-section of Indiana for 10 a.m. today through 8 p.m. Saturday.

Temperatures are expected in the low- to mid-90s, with heat values ranging between 105 and 109 degrees this afternoon and Saturday afternoon, the weather service said.

Combined with high humidity, residents have been advised to avoid strenuous activities during the warmest times, and instead consider mornings or evenings as alternative times to avoid heat exhaustion.

Other tips: wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water, the weather service said.

The Salvation Army in Columbus monitors the need for cooling centers, based on requests by law enforcement or fire departments, said Shannan Hinton, emergency management director for Bartholomew County.

For information on cooling centers, call 812-372-7118.