Tuesday forecast for Austin: Temperatures are expected to peak at 100 degrees Tuesday and a heat advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. for the Austin metro area, the National Weather Service says.
Heat index values will reach 108 to 110 along and east of Interstate 35 between noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the weather service, a heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected and that the combination of heat and high humidity will create conditions for heat-related illnesses to not only be possible but also to develop quickly.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Stay in an air-conditioned room.
- Stay out of the sun.
- Check up on vulnerable relatives and neighbors, such as small children and the elderly.
- Reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening, when temperatures are coolest.
- Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
Clouds are expected to increase at night and winds may gust as high as 20 mph, but temperatures will remain above normal and should drop no lower than 80 degrees, forecasters say.
According to the weather service, the rest of the short work week will see a little more cloudiness but mostly roasting heat:
- Wednesday will be mostly cloudy before becoming sunny and hot with a high near 99 in the afternoon. Heat index values could climb as high as 106. South winds of 10 to 15 mph could include gusts as high as 20 mph.
- Thursday will be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 99 and south winds of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. At night, winds will turn into south-southeast breezes of 10 to 15 mph, bringing additional Gulf moisture.
- By Friday, forecasters expect sunshine and more heat as the temperature peaks around 99. Friday night could be partly cloudy, with a low around 79 as south winds of 10 to 15 mph continue, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
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