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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
738 AM CDT FRI JUN 17 2016


The National Weather Service will issue a Heat Advisory or an
Excessive Heat Warning if certain criteria are met. A Heat Advisory
or Warning normally means that air temperatures are forecast to be
much above normal. In the Southern United States during the summer
months, humidity levels can make it feel even more oppressive. The
heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of
heat (air temperature) and humidity are combined. Air temperatures
are taken in the shade, so heat index values will be even higher
when you are exposed to direct sunlight.

For Central Alabama a Heat Advisory is issued when air temperatures
are forecast to reach 100 degrees or higher, or if the heat index is
forecast to reach 105 degrees or higher. An Excessive Heat Warning
is issued when air temperatures are forecast to reach 105 degrees or
higher, or the heat index is forecast to reach 110 degrees or


Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel
thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark
colors because they absorb the sun`s rays.

If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks in shaded areas or
air conditioned buildings.

Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles.

Slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous exercise during the
hottest part of the day.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air

Additional information can be found at the Alabama Department of
Public Health at:

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