A HEAT ADVISORY has been issued for nearly the entire Central Alabama area for Monday starting at 12:00 pm and expires at 9:00 pm. The following counties are included in the advisory: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston.
Hot and humid conditions will continue through the day on Monday as daytime highs will range from 93 to 96 degrees with heat index values will range from 105 to 109 degrees. Continued exposure to high heat levels could cause heat exhaustion or even a heat stroke.
A HEAT ADVISORY has also been issued for Monday starting at 1:00 pm and expires at 6:00 pm Monday evening for the following North Alabama counties: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan.
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 heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Never leave children, disabled adults or pets in parked vehicles! Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia, which occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle. Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day with temperatures in the 70s. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The younger the child the more severe the effects because their bodies have not developed the ability to efficiently regulate its internal temperature.