BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We have declared tomorrow a First Alert Weather Day because of the extreme heat expected. Tomorrow will be the hottest day we have experienced in 7 years. An excessive heat warning goes into effect at 7 p.m. Monday night and ends at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Temperatures will climb into the middle and upper 90s and heat indices will range from 110° to 115°. This kind of heat can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. We want you to take the heat seriously and to not put your body in danger. If you have to do anything strenuous outside, then be sure to complete that task early in the morning hours before 9 a.m. Don’t forget about your pets and limit their time outside and make sure they have plenty of water.
Understand the signs of a potential heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion can make you faint or feel dizzy, can cause excessive sweating, cool, pale, clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid, weak pulse and muscle cramps. If you have any of these symptoms then get to a cooler and air conditioned place, drink water and take a cool shower or use cold compresses. Heat stroke victims will have a throbbing headache, no sweating, body temperature above 103°, red, hot, dry skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid, strong pulse and may loose consciousness. Call 911 and take immediate action to cool the person down until help arrives. The heat kills more people on average in a year than floods or tornadoes.
Be safe and stay cool.