SAVANNAH, GA -
FROM STORM TEAM 3 METEOROLOGIST LEE HAYWOOD...
Heat Wave Hits the Coastal Empire and Low Country
It was hot yesterday... and we will likely see the hottest weather so far this summer today through Saturday. Some of us could hit 100 degrees this afternoon... and heat index values likely reach as high as 110 over portions of the area. A Heat Advisory is in effect from noon today until 7pm.
The last time Savannah hit a high of 100 degrees or higher was back on July 26th in 2012.
TODAY: Excessive heat and humidity as the deep layered ridge to the west expands. This feature will bring very hot temperatures and a very low chance of any wet weather. Look for sunshine and a few clouds today with only a stray late day shower or thunderstorm. Highs in the upper 90s to near 100 inland... with low to mid 90s on the islands. Heat index values will range from 106 to 110 in the afternoon. Winds west becoming northwest around 5 mph. The chance of rain is only 10%.
The excessive heat and humidity will make for dangerous conditions . If working outside... take frequent breaks and drink lots of water. Wear lightweight... light colored clothing. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which dehydrate the body. Slow down and stay indoors when possible.
TONIGHT: Warm and muggy with skies becoming clear. Lows in the mid to upper 70s inland... to around 80 on the coast. Winds light south becoming southwest.
FRIDAY: Very hot and humid weather will continue. A strong mid to upper level ridge of high pressure will control the area. Very similar weather to Thursday... except likely a degree or two hotter. Mostly sunny skies and only a stray afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Highs will average around 100... except mid 90s on the Atlantic shore. Heat index values should average from 108 to 111... which would continue heat advisories for the area. The chance of rain is 10%.
THE WEEKEND: Still excessively hot and humid Saturday... but a backdoor cold front appears to approach the area late day... with cooler air working in for Sunday... but this only returns us to "seasonable" heat and humidity. Look for a mixture of sun and clouds Saturday with an isolated shower or thunderstorm. Highs will still be hot Saturday... in the mid to upper 90s... with heat index values reaching 110 in the afternoon. By Sunday... somewhat cooler Canadian high pressure builds in from the north which will drop high temperatures back down into the low 90s. Sunday will bring hit or miss showers or thunderstorms. The chance of rain Saturday is 20% and Sunday is 30%.
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