Sustained three-digit temperatures expected

Published 3:00 pm Friday, June 17, 2022

South Alabama has experienced high temperatures this week, but forecasts show that it’s only going to get hotter with the possibility of record-breaking heat next week.

Beginning Friday, the forecast temperature in Andalusia will start hitting the three-digit mark with a high expected around 101. Those temperatures will continue into next week when things really start cooking on Wednesday, June 22 when temperatures are expected to hit as high as 106. Thursday, June 23 is also forecast to hit 106 with Friday’s forecast cooling off a single degree to 105. The forecasted temperatures are according to weather.com.

There have been heat advisories throughout Alabama this week, which is expected to continue next week. South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are particularly looking at temperatures well above the average.

According to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat, your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

The Alabama EMA offers these tips to increase safety from the heat.

  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car on a warm day.
  • If air conditioning is not available in your home go to a cooling center or stay with a relative or friend.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors, if possible.
  • Check on family members, seniors, and neighbors.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.