Parts of the Tampa Bay area have a heat warning on Sunday that will last until 7:00 pm.
The following counties will be affected:
The actual temperature is predicted to be in the 90s, however the heat index is expected to hit 110°F at times. The heat index measures how hot it actually feels when relative humidity is factored into the actual temperature.
A higher chance of cloud cover and a few showers and storms will keep heat indices below 105° for areas north of I-4. It would be possible to get there via I-4, but with a small chance of rain in the south, we will probably see values up to 110° there. The heat warning is valid from 11:00 to 19:00. pic.twitter.com/eNIBi2syVQ
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When the heat index is between 103-110°F, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are likely, according to the National Weather Service, and heat stroke is possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
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The NWS stated that the predicted and measured heat index values actually refer to shady places, and in direct sunlight the heat index value can rise up to 15°F.
The Florida Department of Health has the following general tips for staying safe in the heat:
- Dress for the heat. Wear light clothing in light colors. Light colors will reflect some of the solar energy. It is also recommended to wear a hat or use an umbrella.
- Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
- Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you have to do strenuous work, do it during the coolest part of the day, between 4 and 7 in the morning.
- Stay indoors if possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sun.
- Be a good neighbor. Check out older residents in your area and those who don’t have air conditioning.
- Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they have access to water, ventilation and shade.