Dangerous heat is expected this week, so brace yourself as much of Alabama will see, and feel, extreme heat levels with Heat Advisories being in effect for most areas of Northeast, Northwest, and Central, Alabama.
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Huntsville to the north and west with a heat advisory for the remainder of the areas through Friday evening. Heat indices will climb into the 102–111-degree range over the next few days.
An excessive heat warning was issued because the Heat Index is expected to climb to 110 degrees or higher. The numbers are mainly for north Alabama and could change depending on location. The air temperature Wednesday is expected to climb into the low to upper-90s statewide, with northern Alabama expected to see the worst of the heat. More of the same is expected Thursday and into Friday as well.
A Heat Advisory will also be in effect for Central Alabama, including Cherokee County through 9:00 pm Thursday.
The counties in the advisory are Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Walker, Blount, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Marengo, Dallas, Autauga, Lowndes, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon, Bullock, Lee, Russell, Pike, and Barbour.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham stated that the Heat Index could reach as high as 108 degrees.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; drink plenty of water; don't leave kids or pets in vehicles and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.