Hot and humid conditions continue for Metro Atlanta as a heat wave continues its grip over the Southeast.
Daytime high temperatures reached 95 degrees at the Atlanta Airport on Tuesday, and thermometers reached 97 degrees in Athens. Keep in mind, this is just the temperature -- heat index values climbed into the 100-110 degree territory Tuesday afternoon!
Similar conditions are expected again today, which is why the National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a Heat Advisory for much of the state of Georgia, including Metro Atlanta. The Heat Advisory is in effect from 11am through 8pm.
In addition, some eastern Metro Atlanta counties as well as others in central Georgia are under an Excessive Heat Warning. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, an Excessive Heat Watch is issued for our area when heat index values of 110+ are expected.
An Excessive Heat Warning is also issued when high temperatures are forecast to reach 105 degrees or greater.
The Peachtree City Weather Forecast Office also notes that the last time an Excessive Heat Warning was issued for their warning area was June 30, 2012. It was on that date that Atlanta registered its hottest temperature ever on record: 106 degrees.
Heat Safety Tips
It’s important to mind heat safety rules this week!
Be sure to hydrate often, wear loose clothing, stay in the shade, and take frequent breaks when working outside. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke -- heat stroke is a life-threatening situation that can cause death or permanent disability of not treated immediately.
Mid-June Heat Wave Not Uncommon for Metro Atlanta
It may seem early to discuss temperatures in the mid-90s, but a heat wave this early in the summer is not uncommon.
Thermometers have reached the upper 90s and even triple digits before in mid-June, as recently as 2016 and as far back as 1933. In fact, here are the record daily highs for this week in Atlanta:
- Monday, June 13: 98 degrees (1958)
- Tuesday, June 14: 96 degrees (2016)
- Wednesday, June 15: 96 degrees (1952)
- Thursday, June 16: 98 degrees (1936)
- Friday, June 17: 102 degrees (1936)
- Saturday, June 18: 101 degrees (1944)
- Sunday, June 19: 99 degrees (1933)
Below is additional information from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
350 AM EDT WED JUN 15 2022
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ATHENS, CONYERS, COVINGTON,
MILLEDGEVILLE, MACON, SWAINSBORO, WARNER ROBINS, DUBLIN, CORDELE,
350 AM EDT WED JUN 15 2022
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
8 PM EDT THIS EVENING...
* WHAT...DANGEROUSLY HOT CONDITIONS WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES UP TO
* WHERE...PORTIONS OF CENTRAL, EAST CENTRAL, NORTH CENTRAL,
NORTHEAST AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA.
* WHEN...FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING.
* IMPACTS...EXTREME HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL SIGNIFICANTLY
INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES,
PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WORKING OR PARTICIPATING IN OUTDOOR
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS COULD TEMPER THE
HEAT IN SOME AREAS TODAY AND PROVIDE RELIEF EARLIER THAN
EXPECTED, BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN ON PLACEMENT AND TIMING. CONTINUE
TO HEED ALL HEAT-RELATED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.
DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS, STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM, STAY OUT
OF THE SUN, AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS. YOUNG
CHILDREN AND PETS SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE. WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN
POSSIBLE. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK, THE OCCUPATIONAL
SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT
REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE
OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION.
HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY! CALL 9 1 1.
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