HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It's really starting to feel like summertime here in the Tennessee Valley and our temperatures are only going to continue to get hotter. We're really going to be feeling the heat for the next few days here as temperatures stay within the low to mid-90s. With the added moisture in the atmosphere, that will aid in the increase of our dew points, which will then aid in the increase of our heat index, which is our "feels-like" temperatures. We'll be feeling like 100° for the next five days across the Tennessee Valley. Some will feel even hotter.
With the "feels-like" temperatures in mind the NWS has gone ahead and place much of NW Alabama under Heat Advisory. That Heat Advisory will last until 7:00 PM on Friday.
With increased temperatures comes he need to be reminded of a few heat safety tips with the number one being drink plenty of water. Stay away from sugary beverages and anything that's full of caffeine. Also it's best to limit your time outdoors, especially during the hottest times of the day, which range from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
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It's also a good to remember that being sealed in a car for a certain amount of time can lead to dangerous situations. On a typical 95 degree day, after 10 minutes of a car being outside in the sun, the inside temperature of the car will be around 114°. After an hour? 138° inside the car. It's always important to remember to check your vehicle before exiting for children and pet that could be left behind.
So far this year, we've seen a 3 day streak of days that had a high temperature of 90 degrees or above. That number is expected to rise as we make our way into the heart of the summer months. The longest streak of 90+ degree days lasted 37 days and occurred on July 19, 2010 and lasted until August 24, 2010.
Our hottest day so far this year was on July 3, 2020 and we had a high temperature of 94 degrees. As for Muscle Shoals, their hottest day so far occurred on July 4 and July 16 coming in at 95 degrees. Decatur's hottest day was July 3 coming in at 93 degrees.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the heat's going anywhere anytime soon. The Climate Prediction Center has the entire Tennessee Valley area under a 50% chance to continue to see above average temperatures throughout the end of July.
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