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Weather Alert Day: Severe storms possible overnight into tomorrow morning


Tuesday Afternoon:

Dangerous heat continues across the entire area this afternoon, and we likely won't see much relief until Wednesday following the passage of a cold front. Storms are expected to develop to our north late tonight and bring the potential of damaging winds and heavy rain overnight into tomorrow morning.

The Weather Alert Day has been extended to Wednesday morning through 7:00 a.m. for the potential of severe storms that could bring damaging winds and quarter size hail.

Confidence is low in exact timing, but confidence is high that storms capable of a damaging wind threat will move through overnight.

Those storms will be moving in ahead of a cold front that will bring a big cool down on Wednesday. Rain amounts could range from 1-2" along with the severe threats. The Storm Prediction Center has all areas locally in a level 2 or slight risk for severe storms overnight into early Wednesday morning.


The ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team has issued a Weather Alert Day for Monday and Tuesday for the potential of heat index values in the 104-107 degree range.

Upper high pressure will be directly overhead, limiting any cloud cover or disturbances from moving in to cool things down. South upper winds will direct even more moisture to the region, sending dew points into the 70s.

The combination of high temperatures more than 10 degrees warmer than average in the upper 90s and high dew points will make feels like temperatures unbearable for a few days until a cold front moves in and cools things down Tuesday night into Wednesday.

A Heat Advisory is in effect for counties in orange on Monday through 8:00 p.m.

Heat-related illness will be the main concern. At a heat index of 105 degrees, all people are serious risk of heat-related illness with prolonged exposure. All people should stay inside if possible, and take steps to keep themselves cool if outdoor activity is a must.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are two different illnesses, and have varying degrees of severity. If a person has a throbbing headache, aren't sweating, have a high fever, dry and red skin, a rapid pulse, nausea or unconsciousness, they may have heat stroke and 911 needs to be called.

It's also important to give pets a safe, cool place to rest along with plenty of available cold water. Avoid walking them in the hottest parts of the day, and keep paws off hot pavement. If you're traveling with children, always check the back seat and never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle when temperatures start to warm up. Vehicle temperatures can rise to hotter than 120 degrees after just 30 minutes with the engine shut off.

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Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.


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