FIRST ALERT: Dangerous heat likely this afternoon
Extreme heat is in store this afternoon for the Tennessee Valley. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for northwest Alabama which will go into effect at noon today and will last until 7 PM CDT.
WHAT: Dangerous heat, with feels like temperatures of 100° to 109°
WHERE: Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, & Lauderdale counties. This includes the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Killen, Sheffield, Leighton, Russellville, Moulton, Russellville, Phil Campbell, Waterloo, & Cherokee.
WHEN: The advisory is from noon until 7 PM CDT
Make sure you are staying hydrated out there today by drinking plenty of water. Heat illness and heat stroke can set in very quickly on a day like today. Be sure to check on your neighbors and the elderly to make sure they are safe and cool.
Pets will be impacted as well, make sure they are drinking plenty of water as well. Below are a couple of tips on what to look for heat illness and heat stroke.
TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT:
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
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