HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters have issued a heat advisory that covers most of north and western Alabama.
The National Weather Service says Monday afternoon temperatures may reach the upper 90s and the heat index could be between 106 and 107 degrees in some areas. The heat advisory is expected to expire Tuesday evening.
Forecasters say rising temperatures increase the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Alabama Department of Public Health officials said in a statement that people should stay hydrated, stay out of the sun and stay in air-conditioned areas if possible.
Health officials say warning signs of heat stroke could include high body temperature, red and dry skin, dizziness, confusion and more. Officials say heat-related illnesses may lead to permanent disability and can be fatal if they’re untreated.