Excessive Heat Watch: Triple-Digit Temps This week. Weekend Rain To Bring Some Relief.

We will feel like we are living inside the witch’s oven from Hansel and Gretel for the rest of the week. Temperatures begin to rise this week, with highs in the upper 90s and lower 100s expected Thursday through Saturday. On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch. Take heat precautions this week by drinking plenty of water, wearing lightweight clothing, and avoiding spending too much time outside. Today and tomorrow are going to be the best days to be outdoors for the remainder of this week because, after Wednesday, the temperatures will crank up to the triple digits, so it is not advised to be outdoors. Sunday will bring some relief from the heat, but with much higher rain and storm chances, it will not be a good day for outdoor activities.

This morning began pleasant, with dry weather and relatively cool temperatures. Dry conditions will continue throughout the day. If you plan on being outside today, drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen because temperatures are expected to be in the lower 90s. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-to-upper 60s tonight.

Moving on to Wednesday, we will have a relatively higher chance of showers and storms than on Tuesday. The greatest chance for these storms appears to be in the early morning and should mostly clear out by the evening. Even at that, chances are isolated at best as the cluster of rain looks to fizzle out as it arrives at the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures will continue to be warm on Wednesday, with highs in the lower 90s. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and try to complete any outdoor activities on Wednesday. Showers and storms are possible Wednesday night, with temperatures dropping to the mid-to-upper 60s.

On Thursday, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s, with several places seeing triple digits. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Thursday due to the high heat and humidity. Heat index values could get as high as 113 degrees. Avoid strenuous outdoor activities like working or running. Take extra precautions against the heat on Thursday, especially if you have to go outside. Avoid the hottest part of the day, midday, and take breaks from the heat indoors or in a shaded area. Wear light, loose clothing in lighter colors. Keep in mind the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include dizziness, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, confusion, agitation, and disorientation. Seek medical attention and try to cool down if you or someone you know experiences these symptoms. In addition to the heat, the majority of Thursday will be dry, with the exception of a slight chance of isolated showers and storms throughout the day. Temperatures will only drop to the low-to-mid 70s by Thursday night.

The extreme heat will continue this weekend, with temperatures expected to be higher than on Thursday, with highs in the upper 90s to lower 100s. It is another day you will want to follow heat precautions. Dress appropriately for the heat, stay hydrated, and apply sunscreen. Again, avoid outdoor activities, particularly during the midday hours, and be on the lookout for any signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. If you experience any of the symptoms previously listed, it is important that you get out of the sun and seek medical attention. Pop-up showers and storms are also possible on Friday, and the chances are higher than the previous few days. If you happen to come across one of these pop-up showers, do not be concerned about getting wet because the extreme heat will quickly dry you off. Moving on to Friday night, temperatures are only expected to drop to the low-to-mid 70s, so turn your fan to high. Moving on to Saturday, high temperatures continue in the upper 90s, with several places seeing triple digits once again. Stay hydrated, take heat precautions, and seek medical attention if you or someone else exhibits symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Aside from the heat, the chance for isolated showers and storms is higher compared to Friday, but it appears to be a mainly dry day. Shower and storm chances increase Saturday night, and they will most likely be scattered across the area with low temperatures similar to Friday.

Sunday will bring some relief from the scorching temperatures, with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. The humidity will be high once again, so while it will not be the most comfortable day outside, it will be bearable, especially in comparison to the previous few days. In addition to the cooler temperatures, we will see scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the area, making today the wettest day of the week. Sunday night’s lows will be in the mid-to-upper 60s, with showers and storms continuing into the night.

On Monday, scattered showers and storms will continue throughout the day as we approach the start of next week. In addition to the rain, high temperatures will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Showers and storms are expected to linger into Monday night, with temperatures dropping to the low-to-mid 60s.

Overall, this week will be hot, with highs in the upper 90s and lower 100s expected Thursday through Saturday. Due to the dry conditions and relatively cool temperatures, today and tomorrow appear to be the best days for outdoor activities. However, it will still be warm, so drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen if you go outside. Sunday will bring some relief from the extreme heat, but it will be accompanied by scattered showers and storms, so it will still not be a pleasant time to be outside. Moving into the beginning of next week, scattered showers and storms continue, but temperatures stick around in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Drink plenty of water, dress appropriately, and keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke to stay safe in hot weather.

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