National Weather Service Birmingham issues heat advisory and helpful tips for this week

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Photo via Coosa Riverkeeper Facebook page.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Birmingham Office has issued a Heat Advisory for today. The Service predicts temperatures will hover between 92-95 degrees and heat indices will reach or exceed 105 degrees for many locations in Central Alabama this afternoon till Friday.

Be prepared

In preparation for the oppressively hot weather, NWS Birmingham released the following Facebook post:

“The dreaded Alabama summer swelter will be in full force this week. Highs will be in the low/mid 90s each day, but it will feel like the low 100s. We’ll be monitoring for potential Heat Advisories. Please practice heat safety when outdoors!

NWS Birmingham graphic with helpful tips for this week’s heat wave.

With temperatures on the rise, we sadly find ourselves having to remind you to #LookBeforeYouLock!! NEVER, we repeat, NEVER leave your child or pet in a vehicle for ANY length of time (not even a few min). And no, cracking a window does not help! 18 children have lost their lives so far this year, with 9 of those this month alone.”

Graphic from NWS Birmingham about #lookbeforeyoulock campaign.
Bottomline. Follow these tips to beat the heat

Try to stay in air-conditioning.
Drink plenty of water
Avoid strenous activity
Stay in the shade as much as possible
Wear loose, light-colored clothing
Remember your pets! Provide shade and water.
Check on neighbors
Never leave pets or children in vehicles for any amount of time!!

dog park
image via Cuteness

Stay tuned for further updates on the weather. More importantly, stay cool this week Birmingham!

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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