With weekend temperatures expected to be in the upper 90s — the actual temperatures, not the heat index, Tim Herrington of the Floyd County Emergency Management office has shared some areas of concern as well as some tips for coping with the excessive temperatures.
“An extended period of dry weather has set in over Georgia and will continue for the foreseeable future. A very strong upper-level high-pressure system will settle over the Southeast later this week and remain in place through Memorial Day weekend. The resulting impacts will include:
- Dangerous, potentially record-setting high temperatures later this week through early next week.
- Elevated wildfire potential through the weekend due to extreme heat, low humidity, and sparse rainfall.
- Little-to-no rainfall through the weekend and next week, causing worsening drought conditions.
- Air quality issues through the weekend.
“Normal high temperatures for this time of year are in the 80s across Georgia. High temperatures will be in the 90s across Georgia and into the lower 100s in parts of Central and South Georgia this weekend. Heat indices will approach and may exceed 105 degrees, and heat advisories are likely. Not only are some daily record high temperatures in jeopardy but all-time high temperatures for the month of May in Georgia are at stake (between 97-100 degrees at various sites across Georgia).
Additionally, areas of damaged vegetation from Hurricane Michael will have a heightened fire risk by the end of the week through the weekend. Temperatures in these areas could be a few degrees higher due to excessively damaged timber and vegetation drying out.
Be prepared for record heat by the weekend. We’ll be in the 90s through Memorial Day with the hottest temperatures due over the weekend.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm wind.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68.