It should never come as a HUGE surprise to see a headline like the one above in mid-July in the Ohio Valley.

It's hardly ever welcomed, but the heat is going to be intense the next few days.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch that will last from Thursday through Sunday evening.

Here's what we have from the NWS:

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

* TEMPERATURE...maximum afternoon heat index values from around
  105 to 110 degrees will be possible Thursday through Sunday.

* IMPACTS...an increased risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke to
  those engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. Those without
  air conditioning will be at risk. Car interiors will reach
  lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. The extended period
  of high heat and humidity will worsen the effects of heat
  stress, with little relief anticipated at night.

Stay cool as much as you possibly can, drink lots of water, check in on the elderly, and make sure your pets have plenty of water, too.