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June 13, 2013

More heat, possible strong storms expected today

CULLMAN — The official first day of summer may still be a week away, but the heat has already arrived.

Temperatures soared into the mid 90s Wednesday with heat indices nearing 105, sparking the National Weather Service in Huntsville to issue a heat advisory for much of the day. However, relief is on the way today, as a cold front is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. Because of it, a hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Cullman.

The cold front is forecast to move southward across the Tennessee Valley. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in northern portions of the area by late morning and strengthen as they move across the state.

“Any activity will take place close to the prime heating of the day,” said Kris White, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

White added that damaging winds and large hail will be the primary threat, as a few of the storms could be strong to severe.

“Right now, our primary concern is the wind,” he said. “There could be winds 60-70 miles per hour in the worst activity.”

Once the front passes, lows will dip into the mid 60s Thursday night. Friday is expected to be sunny with a high near 85. Temperatures gradually warm back up for the beginning of the work week. White encouraged those who work or must spend long amounts of time outside to take several extra precautions.

“Take frequent breaks in the shade or air-conditioned areas,” he said. “Also, drink plenty of water, and wear lightweight and loose fitting clothes if possible.”

Temperatures Monday are expected to be in the low 90s.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 135, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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