First Alert: Brutal heatwave intensifies next week

Most days will bring high temperatures near or above 100 degrees
First Alert 12: Outdoor plans for your Saturday? Here is the latest First Alert Forecast to help you plan your day.
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 4:36 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2022 at 2:36 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The dangerously hot stretch will continue to march right along, and todays long-range forecast models don’t provide any hope for relief next week. High temperatures each afternoon for at least the next 7-10 days will be in the upper 90s and 100s; actual temperatures will get close to all-time records for mid-June several afternoons.

Very high humidity is expected again today with peak heat indices staying dangerously high. It will feel like it’s in the 103° to 110° range through the afternoon hours. There will then be a drop in the mugginess later tonight that will last through the beginning of next week.

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This humidity drop will lead to lower peak heat indices for tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday. The problem is it will still be very hot as actual temperatures rise to near 100 Saturday and into the middle 90s for Father’s Day. Highs next week will hit the upper 90s to start, but the triple digit heat takes over by Tuesday.

WSFA First Alert Weather
WSFA First Alert Weather(WSFA 12 News)

Not much relief will happen at night. Overnight lows will range from the lower 70s to the middle 70s most nights. We will say the lower 70s both Saturday night and Sunday night will feel a little better because of the drop in mugginess.

What makes the heat even worse is the lack of rain and storm chances going forward. Coverage will be isolated through Saturday. Beyond that, though, we don’t have any rain in the forecast.

WSFA First Alert Weather
WSFA First Alert Weather(WSFA 12 News)

This kind of heatwave doesn’t happen all that often even in Alabama. It will continue to be dangerous to even the healthiest of people. Heat-related illness will be possible -- even with the lower humidity this weekend and early next week. 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

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