Heat wave continues Monday; Relief comes Tuesday

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After a 10th consecutive heat advisory/warning on Monday, the heat will finally break on Tuesday, arriving with a healthy dousing of rain.

Temps will again reach the mid 90s Monday. With the consistent humidity in place, it will feel like 102° to 107° during the hottest time of the day. Gusty winds out of the south to southwest will help with the heat, but it's not the answer to the solution.

The answer will show up Tuesday. A cold front will push cooler air into the area after, but ahead of this cooler air will come heavy downpours and a few thunderstorms. Timing on the rain will be impacting our potential for severe weather. At this time chances of severe storms is low. Highs will drop from the mid 90s to the low to mid 80s from Monday to Wednesday.

This heat wave will rival the one we endured in July of 2016. We had 14 of the 31 days with heat advisories or warnings with 8 to 9 consecutive days with an advisory or warning in July of 2016. The effects of heat are cumulative, so the longer the heat lasts, the more it will be a problem, especially for the very young and the elderly.

HEAT SAFETY TIPS AND REMINDERS:
-Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol or sugary drinks
-Do not leave children or pets in vehicles
-Wear light weight, loose fitting clothing
-Check on the elderly, friends and neighbors
-Change your HVAC and car air filter
-Limit overall time outdoors; Use plenty of sunblock