First Alert Weather Day through Saturday for excessive heat that will be a threat to life and property. Heat index values will be close to 105° during the middle of the afternoon.
Rain chances are now increasing for Saturday afternoon so it’s possible we will see temperatures drop into the upper 80s during the afternoon hours. Afternoon highs will be near 95° ahead of the storm development and there remains a chance that the heat index will reach 105°.
Over the weekend more people will be outdoors in the hot weather. Storms will pop up with the heat. Be on the alert for lightning in the area. If you can hear the thunder you are close enough to be struck by lightning. It doesn’t have to be raining at your location because lightning can strike within 10 miles of the of the storm. You also still 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 and caffeine 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 as well. 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 for any amount of time! Also, make sure your pets have fresh water and a shady spot to rest if they'll be staying outside. Check the pavement temperature before taking your dog for a walk…if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.
Rain chances will increase later next week as the center of high pressure tracks away from the area. This will also drop our afternoon highs into the lower 90s and provide some drought relief.
Stay tuned to WAFF for the latest. You can always find more information on the free WAFF 48 First Alert Weather App. This includes lightning alerts. Text APPS to 4-48-48 for links to download.
Have a safe weekend.
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