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First Alert: Heat builds through the weekend

Record highs possible with triple digits expected
Last day in the 90s before triple digit air temps take over; how many afternoons will we be 100°+?
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 4:30 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 10:26 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The dip in humidity over the weekend felt great didn’t it? It allowed many to see lows in the 60s, but unfornately it was short lived and confined to just early Monday morning. The amount of muggy air in our atmosphere will start to slowly climb over the next few days; pair that with temperatures that will be in record territory nearly every afternoon and we have a very, very hot week ahead.

Humidity levels stay mostly tolerable this week, but increase slowly.
Humidity levels stay mostly tolerable this week, but increase slowly.(WSFA 12 News)

Highs will range from the middle and upper 90s today to the lower 100s beginning tomorrow. As is always the case, there will be a range of about 5° each day between the hottest and “coolest” towns in central Alabama, but many will see triple digits every day starting Tuesday or Wednesday.

In Montgomery it is very possible that the daily record high temperature is tied or broken multiple afternoons... records are in the lower 100s, and that’s what our forecast continues to call for.

Other than the heat it’s a quiet week as no rain is in the forecast through at least Friday. The sky will range from mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Things will change a bit this weekend as moisture will be allowed to return to Alabama. The result? At least isolated showers and storms all weekend long... as we get closer the chance of rain may need to be increased a little, but for now it’s capped at 20% both Saturday and Sunday.

High pressure will keep things quiet and very hot this week.
High pressure will keep things quiet and very hot this week.(WSFA 12 News)

Even with the chance of rain, highs this weekend should still eclipse 100 degrees for many of us. Of course if your town sees rain that would limit the extent of your heat that day.

With the high heat forecasted to continue for the week ahead, remember the following tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • 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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