Cool nights ahead

Published 9:34 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It’s time to say goodbye to warm days and cool nights in Covington County, because winter temperatures are about to arrive – at least for a few nights.

It’s expected to be sunny and breezy today with a high near 55, according to the National Weather Service forecast. But tonight, expect a low of around 33 degrees.

The forecast is also calling for another day of clear sunny skies for Friday’s Veterans Day parade. The day’s high is expected to hit 63 degrees, but those traveling to see the Pleasant Home Eagles take on Linden in the second-round of the Class 1A state playoffs will need jackets, gloves and blankets to protect themselves against the forecasted 35-degree low.

Ethan Dorsey, chief of the Andalusia Fire Department, said even thought the weather isn’t forecasted to be at or below freezing, it’s still a good idea to do those routine heating maintenance items – like cleaning out fireplaces or gas heaters.

“We’ve had a few cold spells here and there already, but if you’re starting to light your gas heater for the first time this week, make sure to get it cleaned and have the lint and dust blown out first,” Dorsey said. “For those using a fireplace, make sure if the chimney hasn’t been cleaned out in the last year, do that before starting a fire.

Additionally, Dorsey cautioned those heating with electric space heaters.

“Make absolutely sure that all flammable materials like curtains next to any heat source,” he said. “And, if at all possible, please do not heat with kerosene or any type of open flame heater. That is extremely dangerous.”