Heat records being eclipsed in Alabama

Heat records being eclipsed in Alabama
If you think someone is suffering from a heat stroke, call 911. The health department also advises taking steps to immediately cool down the victim. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

WSFA/AP - Parts of Alabama are in the grip of record heat, but a storm system moving through the Gulf of Mexico could bring cooler weather.

The National Weather Service says Tuscaloosa reached 95 degrees on Monday to break a record high for the date of 93 degrees set in 1995.

Birmingham reached 93 degrees to break the record high of 92 degrees set two decades ago.

The WSFA First Alert Weather Team says highs in the mid-90s are likely across much of central Alabama, meaning additional records could fall.

Our weather team is suggesting temperatures will moderate later in the week as the chance of rain increases because of a system that's heading toward the northern Gulf Coast along the western coast of Florida.

Rain chances are greatest in southeastern Alabama.

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