With highs forecast in the high 80s and low 90s and a chance for afternoon scattered thunderstorms daily, Madison Regatta week is shaping up to be another warm and humid event throughout.

The National Weather Service is calling for the weather pattern to continue this week with chances for storms daily with some carrying damaging winds, brief heavy rainfall and cloud-to-ground lightning.

The highest chance for rain is Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 40 percent. There’s a 20 percent chance of storms Tuesday and 30 percent on Wednesday and Saturday. The forecast for Friday calls for scattered showers and storms with highs in the 90s but there is only a chance for showers and storms Saturday when the high is expected to dip into the high 80s. The temperature will be about the same Sunday when the chance for scattered showers and storms goes up a little bit by late afternoon.

The good news is the combination of heat and humidity and poorer air quality the area saw last week is expected to shift to the southeast, making it a lot easier to breathe going into the holiday weekend. Nevertheless, with the likelihood that Regatta Weekend will see more people than normal spending time outdoors for longer periods of time, here’s a few tips on how to best beat the heat and stay as safe and comfortable as possible.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.

• Drink plenty of fluids.

• Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

• Try to schedule outdoor activities during the coolest part of the day.

• When outside, wear a hat or visor, sunglasses and sunscreen.

According to the King’s Daughters’ Health website, heat cramps are the first noticeable sign the body may be overheating. They usually occur in the arms, legs or abdomen. All activity should stop and the person should rest in a cool area while sipping water or a sports drink.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency and can be deadly if not treated in a timely manner. It occurs when the body’s systems for self-cooling shut down. Symptoms that someone may be suffering from heatstroke include red, hot and dry skin, a strong pulse, a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. A person experiencing these symptoms should immediately be cooled down with whatever means are available.