Near Record Heat Is Back In The Forecast

Published 08/20 2014 07:58PM

Updated 08/20 2014 10:34PM

High temperatures through the weekend will be hot with heat index temperatures making it feel even hotter. Starting Thursday, highs will be able to reach the mid to upper 90s, which will make them well above the seasonal average high of 91°F for this week. A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service and is in place until Saturday evening.

When the relative humidity is factored in to create the heat index temperature, it will feel even hotter to your body. Those values will be around 102°F or higher for some of us. The higher the heat index, the harder it is for your body to be able to efficiently cool off.

It is possible that some record high temperatures will be broken or tied, but for the most part, they will be safe because temperatures will likely reach the upper 90s. The record high in Dothan for Thursday is 99°F set in 2007. Friday's record is 100°F set in 2007. On Saturday, the record is 99°F set in 1938. Sunday's record set in 1938 also is 101°F. 

By the start of the next work-week, temperatures will be closer to the seasonal averages because there will be a frontal boundary moving into the region which will increase cloud cover and rain chances. Until then, be sure to stay hydrated and stay cool if you have to be outside at all during the hottest part of the day which is typically the late afternoon. Don't for get to do the same for you pets. 

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