DISCUSSION: High temperatures each day through Friday will reach the upper 90s. This, combined with abundant sunshine and humidity, will create heat index values from 105° to 110°. This is especially more likely across far northern and west Alabama. Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories are in effect for much of Alabama.
Although there is a chance for isolated to scattered thunderstorms each day, this will not provide much relief from the heat. In fact, this may only increase humidity values. The better chance of higher coverage of thunderstorms will be Friday.
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS: Residents are urged to stay hydrated by drinking clear fluids along with clear water. Limit outdoor activity and know where to go for shade and air conditioning. Take frequent breaks. Wear sunscreen if you must work outdoors. Know the signs of a heat stroke for yourself and others. Do not leave people or pets unattended in a vehicle under any circumstances. Heat stroke is an emergency – if you see someone exhibiting heat stroke symptoms, dial 911.
Signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include:
- feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water
- not sweating even while feeling too hot
- a high temperature of 40C or above
- fast breathing or shortness of breath
- feeling confused
- a fit (seizure)
- loss of consciousness
- not responsive
Heatstroke can be very serious if not treated quickly.
Put the person in the recovery position if they lose consciousness while you’re waiting for help.