FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Heat index values should peak around 102 for Thursday

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Heat index values should peak around 102 for Thursday

(WAFF) - The summer-time heat will build over the coming days. Here's a First Alert to excessive heat index values we are forecasting for Friday and Saturday. The heat index should peak around 102° this afternoon, but we expect it to reach 104-105° in many areas Friday and Saturday.

Actual highs will be in the mid-90s. Make sure you are taking breaks in the shade if you are working outside and drink plenty of water or sports drinks try to avoid caffeine. If you are without air conditioning, open windows so air can circulate throughout your home.

Your pets can get stressed from the heat as well. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and if they must stay outdoors make sure there's a shady spot for rest. Temperatures will remain in the low-to-mid 70s overnight and the mugginess will continue.

A stray shower or storm may develop this afternoon, but it's looking like storm coverage would be higher on Friday. Some storms could be strong given the heat and humidity. Over the weekend, look for isolated, hit-or-miss afternoon storms.

Storms on any of these afternoons should fade away as the sun sets. There are signs this weather pattern will begin to break down early next week as the hottest air shifts west of the Valley.

This would allow for slightly cooler temperatures next week, in the upper 80s/lower 90s for highs.  We should also see a better chance of receiving some much-needed rain as that happens.