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Intense Heat expected for Memorial Day

Heat Wave will intensify through the Holiday weekend
Posted at 10:56 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 17:39:21-04

MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- — The above average heat that we've seen through the week so far will not only continue through Friday, but get hotter for the extended weekend. Those who have outside plans during the holiday weekend will have to be careful as triple digit temperatures and even hotter "feels-like" temperatures are likely.

Currently, for Saturday through Monday, forecasts call for many inland spots to have afternoon temperatures reach anywhere from 98° to 101°. Humidity will make it feel even hotter, with heat index values approaching 105° to 108°. This kind of heat can have negative consequences for those who are outdoors for extended periods of time.

Below is a chart from the National Weather Service that calculates just how much hotter high relative humidity values can make it feel outside.

The National Weather Service recommends that you drink plenty of water and take breaks from the heat when possible. No need to cancel outdoor plans for the holiday, but it is crucial that you do what you can to stay cool. This is especially important for young children, the elderly, and those who may not have access to air conditioning (i.e. Hurricane Michael victims). If you are not careful, you will be at higher risk for heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke.

The heat spell will linger through most of next week with temperatures at least in the mid to upper 90s through Wednesday and possibly longer.