Get set for a heat wave to build throughout the Southeast this week, including Metro Atlanta!
High pressure has settled over North Carolina, with sinking air compressing and heating up within the center of the high.
In addition, plenty of atmospheric moisture is in place, with high humidity in the morning as well as the afternoon.
This high moisture content will prevent morning lows from cooling much further than the mid 70s.
During the afternoons, the humidity will combine with the high temperatures to create stifling conditions, as “feels like” heat index values climb into the 100-105 range.
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)
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.
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