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First Alert: Lengthy heatwave going nowhere

Upper 90s and lower 100s each afternoon for most of us
First Alert 12: Tracking rain and a few strong storms tonight. Plus, the latest on the major heatwave.
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 5:06 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 10:30 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A lengthy and brutal heatwave has grasped Alabama with no signs of letting up in the foreseeable future. Temperatures have approached 100° over the last two days and heat indices have gone up to around 110°+ so far this week; that’s pretty much what the forecast will be again today and through the end of the workweek.

It will feel like it’s in the 103° to 112° range today, tomorrow and Friday from the mid-morning through the early evening. Most everyone will peak around 106° to 110° each afternoon.

The reason why it says “through the end of the workweek” above is because there will be a drop in the mugginess this weekend into next week. This will lead to slightly “better” daily heat indices, but actual temperatures will remain brutally hot up in the upper 90s to lower 100s.

The overnights will continue feeling like a sauna outside with lows mostly in the mid-70s to upper 70s. Cooler spots will fall into the lower 70s, especially if any evening rain falls. More of the region will fall into the lower 70s this weekend as the noticeably less humid air works its way in behind a weak front.

WSFA First Alert 7 Day Forecast
WSFA First Alert 7 Day Forecast(WSFA 12 News)

The only way any sort of relief will occur during the afternoons is if your location happens to see a shower or storm. This is possible through Friday, but it’s not a guarantee.

Coverage will be isolated (~30%) through the end of the workweek. The exception to that rule will be late this afternoon and this evening. A solid scattering of rain and storms is probable, similar to what happened yesterday.

Any storms that develop could turn strong to severe and produce heavy rain, plenty of lightning, gusty to damaging winds, and hail.

The chance of rain dwindles to pretty much zero this weekend into next week, but the heat is going nowhere. Actual air temperatures will soar into the middle and upper 90s this weekend, with upper 90s and lower 100s next week.

A heat dome will keep things very hot and dry beginning this weekend.
A heat dome will keep things very hot and dry beginning this weekend.(WSFA 12 News)

The heat we’re enduring will continue to be dangerous to even the healthiest of people. Please remember these heat-related safety measures you can take:

  • Stay hydrated and avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Limit time outdoors, especially between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Stay in the A/C as much as possible
  • Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid large meals
  • Use sunscreen and wear hats
  • Check on those without proper means of staying cool

As always, remember to download the free WSFA 12 News First Alert Weather app. That way you can gain the latest weather information from the First Alert Weather Team wherever you go. Just search WSFA Weather in the Apple App Store or Google Play store today.

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