A heat advisory is effective through Monday evening and includes a large portion of the Fox 6 viewing area except for east Alabama. Highs in the middle and upper 90s are likely. The most intense feels like readings set up across the advised area and will range from 105° to 110° for several hours this and Monday afternoon. Being exposed to that kind of heat for a long period of time can increase the risk for heat related illnesses.
There is also an air quality alert in effect for Jefferson and Shelby counties. Code orange means that ozone levels are unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Follow these actions during air quality alerts:
- Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperatures.
- Limit driving and combine errands.
- Use the bus or car pool to work.
- Avoid use of gasoline power lawn and garden equipment.
- Refuel cars and trucks after 6pm.
- Limit engine idling.
- Use household, workshop and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation at a minimum or try to avoid them.
- If breathing becomes difficult then move indoors.
It's going to feel very uncomfortable outside today through Tuesday. After that, drier air filters in and that will mean cooler temperatures and good feeling air. It's going to be noticeable especially during the morning hours on Thursday and Friday.
Rain chance remains low today through Monday morning and then increases to 30% on Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Anticipate widely scattered showers and storms developing after 1PM on Monday through the early evening hours and then another round of showers and storms moving in during the overnight hours. A few of those storms could be strong to severe as they enter the northern portion of the Fox 6 viewing area. If this materializes, storms will have the potential of producing damaging wind gusts. We'll keep you updated! Rain chances drop off significantly the rest of next week.
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist