The National Weather Service in Huntsville has west Alabama under a *HEAT ADVISORY* from noon until 7pm Tuesday. It will feel like triple digits this afternoon. Everyone needs to use extra caution when spending an extended amount of time outside. This will likely be extended eastward Wednesday and Thursday.
Here is the statement from the National Weather Service:
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Huntsville AL Lauderdale-Colbert-Franklin AL-Lawrence- Including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Russellville, Red Bay, Moulton, and Town Creek Tue Jul 27 2021 ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Heat index values in the 105 to 107 degree range are expected across portions of the advisory area. * WHERE...Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin AL and Lawrence Counties. * WHEN...From Noon today to 7 PM CDT this evening. * IMPACTS...Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.
Here are a few heat tips:
- Drink plenty of water before and during work and exercise.
- Wear a hat/sunglasses
- Take breaks
- Wear light-colored clothes
- Limited time outside from 11am-6pm