High Heat and Humidity Today in the South and Southeast
Heat Advisories have been issued from Texas to North Carolina as hot temperatures and high humidity has settled across the region. The mercury will soar through the 90s today in the South and Southeast, with a few areas touching the century point. With a strong area of high pressure in the Gulf of Mexico, humidity is pumping into the South and Southeast. The heat index will be well into the triple digits throughout the region and especially along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.
The 90s will be felt throughout the whole region, from Texas to North Carolina. A few locations may reach to 100 today. The combination of the hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun when possible, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Temperatures will remain above average again for Friday, with more heat and humidity. More 90s and 100s are in store for the region. Residents are reminded to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
The occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.
Each year, a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to children accidentally being left in vehicles during the summer months. In the past dozen years, 500 children have died due to hyperthermia after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle not even for a
minute. Remember, beat the heat, check the backseat.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels