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June 27, 2012   Email to Friend 

HEAT WAVE EXPECTED ACROSS ALABAMA THIS WEEKEND
Mary Johnson
334-235-1406
June 27, 2012

Produced by the Birmingham National Weather Service, the above graphic details heat-related climate records for Anniston, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery. A high pressure system over Alabama will allow for temperatures at and above 100 degrees through the weekend, possibly breaking current record high temperatures.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting near record high temperatures for most of Alabama over the weekend. The mercury could rise above 100 degrees in cities from Florence to Dothan.

In a public information statement, the Birmingham NWS says they expect temperatures in Western Alabama to top 100 degrees Thursday. The entire state is likely to see triple digit temperatures Friday through Sunday. There is no precipitation in the forecast until Sunday, with only a slight chance of rain over central Alabama.

For those who must be outside in the heat, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) offers tips to avoid heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water and other non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic fluids. Try to avoid being outside during the hottest time of the day. Wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing along with sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.

If someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, ADPH suggests stopping all physical activity and getting to a cool place. Splash with cool water to bring body temperature down, and replenish lost fluids by drinking water or a sports drink. If untreated, heat exhaustion can progress into heat stroke, which should be treated as a medical emergency. Call 911 and take immediate steps to cool the person down.

The Birmingham NWS also suggests checking on elderly family and neighbors during a heat wave. Remember – never leave children or pets in a parked vehicle.

For more information on heat-related illnesses and their prevention, visit the ADPH website at www.ADPH.org/InjuryPrevention.


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