Temperatures On The Rise

It is most definitely summertime in Alabama.  I mean, it already has been hot but get ready for even hotter temperatures.  Personally, I take hot weather scenarios seriously because I feel it is vital since “heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Friday, July 10, 2020, until Monday, July 13, 2020, as “heat index readings may reach 105 degrees each afternoon through Monday, mainly across western and southern portions of Central Alabama.”  More than likely, we could see this notice become extended into next week as well.

Ever wonder how the heat index is developed?  You get your daily forecast where they say the high for today is (whatever the temperature).  A heat index is a measure of how hot it feels.  You can derive at a heat index value by a meteorological calculation by using air temperature with either 1) using dew point temperature or 2) using relative humidity.  According to National Weather Service, “if the air temperature is 96°F and the relative humidity is 65%, the heat index--how hot it feels--is 121°F.”

Below are some great hot weather safety tips and heat-related weather terminology you should know about it.  As always, we will continue to monitor conditions and bring you updates as needed. Be sure to download this radio station's free app and sign up for app alerts.

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(Source) For more about Extreme Heat from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here. To review the full story from the National Weather Service, click here.  You can get more information about heat index calculations by clicking here.