101 degrees? Hottest day of the year is here

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Today is forecasted to be Boise's warmest day of the year so far with a forecasted high of 101 degrees.

The last time Boise reached triple digits was Aug. 14 of last summer. During last summer the mercury equaled or exceeded 100 degrees 13 times with 10 of them in the month of July, so triple digit heat in Boise in July is fairly common.

According to NOAA, heat is by far the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S, claiming, on average, over 1,500 lives each year!

The forecast for the 4th of July on Friday also calls for some very warm temperatures with Boise's forecast high 99 degrees with many valley locations to reach triple digits.

If we reach 99 degrees on Friday it will be our warmest Independence Day since 2007 when we reached a high in Boise of 101 degrees. Boise can also see quite a range of temperatures on the 4th of July. The warmest Independence Day was back in 1937 when Boise hit 106 degrees, but the coldest was back in 1959 when we hit only 43 degrees for the high.

Here are some hot weather safety tips:

Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day.
Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.

During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat.

Don't get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.