Severe Weather Awareness Week: Ken Barlow Talks Extreme Heat

Updated: 04/25/2014 3:23 PM By: Leslie Dyste

All week we've been talking about severe weather, and Friday's topic is extreme heat.

It might seem less dramatic than tornadoes or thunderstorms, but heat can be just as dangerous.

Ken says heat is the biggest weather-related killer in the country. He says back in 1980 a total of 1,250 people died of heat-related illness and in 1995, 700 people died of it. 

Ken says an excessive heat watch means that we think extreme heat is going to happen, while an excessive heat warning means it's going to happen.