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Tuesday marked the best opportunity for rain this workweek. About 30 percent of the area picked up a quick shower, but no more than an inch fell in those spots.

An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING will be in effect Wednesday from 11am to 7pm for the entire Storm Station Forecast Area. Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 115 degrees are expected. Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Tonight & Tomorrow: Any remnant showers will quickly diminish after sunset. Mainly clear skies will prevail overnight with continued warm and muggy conditions. Low temperatures will fail to leave the 80s for the record setting 18th time this year. More triple digit heat is expected on Wednesday. Plenty of early sunshine will drive temperatures into the upper 90s by lunchtime with most maximizing around 100 degrees during the afternoon. Adding in seasonably high humidity will result in feels-like temperatures over 113 degrees at times between late morning and late afternoon. Most locations will stay dry.

Up Next: The end of the work (and school) week will bring hot and dry conditions. Make sure returning students are hydrated, taking it easy at recess (if outside) and not standing at the bus stop for too long. Thermometers will race through the 80s and into the 90s during the morning hours and ultimately top out near 100 degrees each afternoon. The heat index will continue to reach alert criteria, making it to at least 107 degrees each day and possibly as high at 118 degrees at times. Daily rain coverage looks to stay at 10 percent or less. By the end of the weekend, the stubborn heat dome my show just enough weakness to introduce some pop-up afternoon showers and thunderstorms but with the persistence of this pattern for more than a month, it is too early to call for an end.    


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The Tropics: For the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, there are no active storms. Tropical development is not expected over the next seven days.

--Josh

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