One more nice day before the heat begins in earnest. This morning is wonderful outside with dew points in the low 50s and the current low of 56.8 degrees at 6:08 a.m. this morning. Dew points will drop this afternoon with temperatures reaching 90 degrees for most of us.
The air is very dry in the lower levels of the atmosphere and a Special Weather Statement has been issued for several neighboring counties including Walton county for dangerous fire weather conditions.
...FIRE DANGER STATEMENT... ...HIGH FIRE DANGER CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING FOR PARTS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA DUE TO LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES... RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 25 PERCENT OR LESS CAN BE EXPECTED FOR 4 OR MORE HOURS THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING...GENERALLY SOUTH AND EAST OF A LINE FROM HAMILTON TO CONYERS AND DANIELSVILLE. WINDS WILL BE EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 MPH...WITH GUSTS OVER 20 MPH. WITH DRY FUELS...HIGH FIRE DANGER CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL BURN PERMITTING AUTHORITIES CONCERNING WHETHER YOU MAY BURN OUTDOORS. IF YOU DO BURN OUTSIDE...USE EXTREME CAUTION.
But the big story is the brutal heat that will visit our area Thursday through at least Monday. An upper ridge will be building out of the plains and subsidence from departing Debby will cause temperatures to soar by the weekend with highs flirting with 100 degrees for much of our area. As the weekend approaches, moisture will begin to return which will push the heat indices to the 100-110 degree range... can you say scorching hot? The NWS here in Atlanta has mentioned the possibility of issuing a Heat Advisory later in the week. These will be very dangerous conditions so please limit your outdoor activity and take care of the pets that stay outside.
And to make matters worse, a Code Orange Air Quality Alert has been issued for today
WEDNESDAY JUNE 27... THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES...ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION HAS ISSUED A CODE ORANGE (UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS) AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR ATLANTA FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 27.
UNDER CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS...THE OUTDOOR AIR IS LIKELY TO BE UNHEALTHY FOR SOME PEOPLE. CHILDREN...PEOPLE WHO ARE SENSITIVE TO OZONE...AND PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG DISEASE SHOULD LIMIT PROLONGED OUTDOOR EXERTION DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING WHEN OZONE CONCENTRATIONS ARE HIGHEST.
The UV index for today is 10 which is very high. Be sure to wear your sunblock when going outside!
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