Heat Danger Today Through Weekend! Friday Morning Update 11am
June 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Friday Morning to you! The map above shows the watches, warnings and advisories across our area. All of central and west Alabama is under a heat advisory, while much of north Alabama is under an Excessive Heat Warning. Temperatures across all of our area will top out between 102 and 106 this afternoon. As of 11am, we are getting close to 100. Look for temperatures to climb through 4pm, then gradually start to fall off after 5pm. Due to high dewpoints, heat index values are over 100 now and will reach the 106 to 112 degree range this afternoon. Please use caution when outdoors today through Sunday. The extreme heat will continue all weekend. Drink lots of water, take breaks and stay in the shade or indoors when possible. Also, try to get yard work done early in the morning and late in the evening.
Skies will remain mostly sunny through the entire weekend. The risk of rain is very low through Sunday, so don’t count on any rain to cool you off. Scattered afternoon storms will become possible on Monday through Thursday, as the upper air ridge weakens some. Highs will still remain close to the 100 degree mark through the middle of next week. Look for lows to fall into the lower to middle 70s. As temperatures increase over the weekend, it’s possible than an excessive heat warning is extended southward into central Alabama.
Info on Heat Advisory:
…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT SATURDAY…
* TEMPERATURES…ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WILL CLIMB TO AS HIGH AS 102 TO 104 THIS AFTERNOON AND AS HIGH AS 105 DEGREES SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS…PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THIS HEAT CAN BE DANGEROUS IF THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Info on Excessive Heat Warning:
AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY.TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.
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