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Heat Advisory issued for Metro Atlanta Tuesday

Heat Advisory issued for Metro Atlanta Tuesday

The National Weather Service said the advisory would begin at 1 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

Forecasters said that according to their records that is the highest heat index since 1973.

"Widespread mid 90-degree temperatures combined with increasing humidity, will produce Heat Index Values around 100 degrees by midday". If you work or spend time outside, when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. There is a severe thunderstorm watch out for areas of middle Tennessee until 9 p.m. Storm chances will increase after 7 p.m. over north Alabama.

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The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity could quickly cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. "Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water". Factor in the humidity and things felt a whole lot hotter.

Isolated showers and storms return for Tuesday afternoon, lasting on-and-off through Wednesday. The heat wave has brought five consecutive days of record-breaking or tied minimum temperature highs in the state with daily low temperatures as high as 86 degrees. High temperatures Tuesday will be among the highest of the year: upper 90s. Also, precipitation will cut into the duration of the heat.

The Tropics: The Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean are quiet at this time.