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:
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:
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:
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:
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.