Strong high pressure will persist over the region and continue to create very hot weather across much of the forecast area. A slight cool down is expected over the weekend, but it will remain well above average. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, dress in lightweight clothing, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, exercise early, before the heat settles in or in an air-conditioned facility. And lastly, do not leave children, the elderly and pets in an enclosed car, even for a short time. Even if the windows are partially open, temperatures can rise to life-threatening levels.