The National Weather Service has issued two alerts for the local area today, Sept. 9, 2019. A Heat Advisory is in effect from 1 – 8 p.m. and a Code Orange Alert of unhealthy air quality for the day. And just in case the heat isn’t enough of a problem, there also is a High Pollen Alert for ragweed and outdoor mold spores.
According to the NWS, these unseasonably warm conditions are expected to continue with a high of 97 in the local area today, 94 for the following two days and then back up to 97 on Thursday. If you can avoid being outside, especially if you’re in a high-risk group, do so.
It may not feel like it at the moment, but fall really is less than two weeks away. It has to improve sometime soon!
Heat Advisory from NWS
* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID TO UPPER 90S WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES BETWEEN 102 AND 105. * TIMING…DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS. * IMPACTS…THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY MAY CAUSE HEAT STRESS DURING OUTDOOR EXERTION OR EXTENDED EXPOSURE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF DANGEROUS HEAT IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE HEAT INDEX READINGS OF AT LEAST 105 DEGREES, WITH LITTLE RECOVERY AT NIGHT. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. 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. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911.
Code Orange Air Quality Alert from NWS
THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION HAS ISSUED A CODE ORANGE (UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS) AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR ATLANTA FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9. UNDER CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS, THE OUTDOOR AIR QUALITY IS LIKELY TO BE UNHEALTHY FOR SOME PEOPLE. CHILDREN, PEOPLE WHO ARE SENSITIVE TO OZONE, AND PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG DISEASE SHOULD LIMIT PROLONGED OUTDOOR EXERTION DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING WHEN OZONE CONCENTRATIONS ARE HIGHEST. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE AIR QUALITY INDEX, PLEASE VISIT HTTP://AIRNOW.GOV.