National Weather Service issues heat advisory

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The National Weather Service has released a hazardous weather outlook not because of the chance of severe storms, but for the likelihood of severe heat.

The heat advisory calls for dangerous temperatures and heat indices beginning at noon through 9 a.m. this evening and continuing into Thursday.

The service calls for temperatures ranging from 97 degrees to 101 degrees this afternoon and heat index values ranging from 104 degrees to 109 degrees.

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“Prolonged exposure to the heat can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken,” the service reported.

A heat advisory means a period of hot temperature is expected. 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 heat stroke.

Wear light and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

The advisory was issued for many of the counties in central Alabama, including Dallas, Marengo, Lowndes and Chilton counties.

As for the coming days, the National Weather Service said some forecasts call for heat index values to continue high in the coming days, reaching as 105 degrees.