We have determined that the excessive heat on Thursday and Friday will have a threat to life and property therefore we have determined they meet the criteria for a First Alert Weather Day. Make sure you and your family are taking the necessary precautions to avoid becoming a heat casualty. Heat index values will be close to 105 during the middle of the afternoon with very little in the way of clouds or rain.
It will feel close to 100 degree by 10am and we will likely surpass a heat index of 104 by 1pm Thursday and Friday. Evening temperatures will fall into the upper 80s by 8pm with a heat index down to 90 by 9p. You need to make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids both day and night. The best drinks are water and sports drinks.
Remember consuming alcohol will only make dehydration worse and increase your chance of heat exhaustion. If you are working in the heat make sure you are taking frequent breaks and keeping an eye on your coworkers. If you do not have air conditioning you need to keep your windows open to keep the air circulating throughout the house. Never leave a pet or child in a hot car! Also, make sure your pets have fresh water.
The heat will continue into the weekend with highs in the upper 90s and a heat index around 102. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms could keep heat index values from reaching First Alert Weather Day status.
Stay tuned to WAFF for the latest. You can always find more information on the WAFF 48 First Alert Weather App.
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