FIRST ALERT: Heat & humidity on full blast

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 5:46 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 9:02 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The heat is on! Heat and humidity are the big story this week. A Heat Advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. Heat advisories are issued when the heat index climbs between 105°F-108°F. Just make sure you drink plenty of water and take several breaks if you must be outside during the peak heating of the day.

Fortunately, widely scattered storms helped to provide at least some temporary relief from the heat today. We are drying out tonight though. Skies will stay partly cloudy with patchy fog developing by Wednesday morning. Expect a warm and muggy start with temperatures only bottoming out in the 70s.

First Alert Weather 9p 7-5-22
First Alert Weather 9p 7-5-22(WBRC)

Next Big Thing: The big story this week will be the heat and humidity. I expect most of us will end up in heat advisories this week thanks to the combination of highs in the 90s and dew points well into the 70s. Each day will end up partly cloudy and hot with highs in the mid 90s with feels like temperatures around 105°F. Overnight lows will also end up warm and muggy with most of us cooling off in the mid to upper 70s. If you plan on working outside this week, please stay hydrated and take several breaks during the peak heating of the day. Always check the back seat before you leave the car. If you like to go out for walks with your dog, make sure they walk on grassy surfaces. Pavement can be as hot as 150°F, which could burn their paws. We are forecasting only a 30% chance for widely scattered showers and storms each day to cool you down. Storms have the chance to become strong or severe. Main threat will be heavy rainfall, gusty winds, small hail, and frequent lightning. Remember that when thunder roars, go indoors!

Wear Sunscreen: Make sure you apply the sunscreen regularly if you plan on being outside for an extended period of time. The UV Index will end up in the very high to extreme range all week long meaning you can burn within 15 minutes of exposure.

First Alert Weather 9p 7-5-22
First Alert Weather 9p 7-5-22(WBRC)

Higher Rain Chance Saturday: I think our best chance for showers and storms this week will likely occur Saturday as a few disturbances move into the Southeast. Models are showing a higher chance for scattered storms Saturday afternoon and evening. Storms that form Saturday could end up strong thanks to the combination of heat and humidity. High temperatures Saturday could end up a few degrees cooler thanks to higher rain chances. We’ll go from the mid 90s this week to the lower 90s this weekend. Overnight lows will also end up slightly cooler in the lower 70s. Early next week is indicating slightly drier conditions with highs in the lower 90s. Rain chances at or below 20%.

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