/Just how hot will it feel in Alabama today? Excessive heat warnings continue
Just how hot will it feel in Alabama today? Excessive heat warnings continue

Just how hot will it feel in Alabama today? Excessive heat warnings continue


Tuesday may end up being the hottest day of 2019 for parts of Alabama, with the heat index climbing as high as 115 degrees for some.
Even the meteorologists are sick of it.
The heat index is used to gauge how hot it feels when air temperatures and humidity are combined.
It’s just not going to be pleasant outside today wherever you are. Air temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid- to upper 90s statewide today, and some spots could even crack the triple digits.
Add to that dew points in the 70s and you’ve got the recipe for oppressive and dangerous heat for those working outdoors.
That’s caused the weather service to dust off its excessive heat warnings, which haven’t been used by some offices in the state for more than seven years. Those warnings are shown below in pink:
Heat map

The Alabama counties in pink are under excessive heat warnings today. The rest of the state is under a heat advisory (in orange).

But there is at least a little relief in sight. A cold front will bring the chance for rain later today to north Alabama and tonight and Wednesday for south Alabama.
There could be a few storms as well. The Storm Prediction Center has expanded the area in north Alabama that has a slight risk of severe weather today, which means scattered severe storms will be possible. The rest of north Alabama and part of north-central Alabama have a marginal risk for severe storms today:
Alabama severe weather outlook Wednesday update

Scattered severe storms will be possible in north Alabama today. The areas in dark green could see isolated severe storms.

On Wednesday the threat of strong storms shifts south and covers most of south Alabama and some of south-central Alabama:
Wednesday severe weather outlook

Most of south and south-central Alabama will have a marginal risk for severe weather on Wednesday.

Here’s a look at today’s heat warnings and advisories:
NORTH ALABAMA
It’s going to be another stifling day across north Alabama, and an excessive heat warning has been issued for some northwest counties.
The warning was expanded and extended this afternoon to include Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville.
The excessive heat warning is now set to expire at 9 p.m. instead of the original 6 p.m.
The other counties in the excessive heat warning are Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin and Lawrence.
The rest of the region is under a heat advisory until 6 p.m. today.
Those counties are Jackson, DeKalb, Marshall and Cullman.
The heat index could reach 109 degrees in those counties this afternoon, according to the weather service.
The heat index for some north Alabama locations climbed as high as 112 degrees on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
See a list of north Alabama heat indices here.
CENTRAL ALABAMA
Several counties in central Alabama are under an excessive heat warning until 9 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
The counties in the excessive heat warning are Marengo, Dallas, Autauga, Lowndes, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon, Bullock, Russell, Pike and Barbour.
All of the region will be under a heat advisory as well until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service.
Highs are expected to climb into the mid- to upper 90s today, and that could send the heat index anywhere from 108 degrees to 113, forecasters said.
The heat index on Wednesday could range from 105 degrees to 108.
SOUTH ALABAMA
The National Weather Service in Mobile expects temperatures today to be a few degrees higher than what they have been, and a few areas could see the triple digits today.
Accordingly, forecasters have issued an excessive heat warning for all of southwest Alabama for today.
The excessive heat warning will be in effect until 7 p.m. today.
The counties affected are Choctaw, Washington, Clarke, Wilcox, Monroe, Conecuh, Butler, Crenshaw, Escambia, Covington, Mobile and Baldwin.
A heat advisory will also be in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to forecasters.
High temperatures today will range from the upper 90s to around 100 for most inland areas and the lower to middle 90s near the immediate coast, the weather service said.
The heat index today could range from 110 degrees to 115, with locally higher values possible, the weather service said.
On Wednesday the heat index could be as high as 106 to 112 degrees.
The weather service in Tallahassee, Fla., has also extended a heat advisory for its southeast Alabama counties, which are Coffee, Dale, Henry, Geneva and Houston.
It will run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. today.
The heat index is forecast to climb as high as 108 to 112 degrees, according to the weather service.
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