ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a heat advisory, which is in effect until 8:00 Wednesday evening. The area is generally east of a line from Fort Benning, to Thomaston, to Covington, to Athens.
High temperatures and humidity could lead to heat illnesses if proper precautions are not taken. "When people are out there, wear protective clothing, wear suntan lotion, wear a hat, do something to help block the sun; try to work in the shade as much as possible," said Sam Allen of Dougherty EMS.
Dougherty County EMS officials say if you have to work outside, try to do so first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, when it's cooler.
"We try to make a point when our staff and volunteers go out to provide services to our clients on a daily basses," said Izzy Sadler, Development Director.
"When I leave and the weather is like it is now I would basically tell them to stay hydrated and stay in the cool if they can," said Marry Williams, Homemaker.
If you live next to an elderly person who lives on their own, the council advises people to check in on them.
They also take donations for Air Conditioners and fans, but they do have some requirements. To find how to donate give them a call at 229-432-1124.
A heat advisory means that a period of dangerous heat is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create heat index readings of at least 105 degrees and very warm overnight temperatures.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of direct sunshine. Remember, the elderly, very young, and people with heart conditions are most at risk in extreme heat. Friends, relatives, and neighbors should check on people who may be at risk.
WALB Meteorologist Yolanda Amadeo says heat indices will rise to near 110. Scattered Strong thunder storms might cool us off this evening. Tomorrow, the storms may come a little earlier.