It's dangerously hot

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

* TEMPERATURES...will climb into the middle and upper 90s today and Tuesday. Heat indices will range from 108 to 115 each afternoon.

* Impacts...of the high temperatures could cause heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Take extra precautions...if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 911.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids; stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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