Tampa Weather Today: Second Heat Advisory Issued this Tuesday

A heat advisory is in effect for the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 112°F at times. When relative humidity is added to the actual temperature, the heat index determines how hot it truly feels.

The advisory for Tuesday is the second in a row, following some of the highest heat indices this summer on Monday.

Heat cramps or heat exhaustion are likely when the heat index is between 103-110°F, according to the National Weather Service, and heat stroke is conceivable with extended exposure and/or strenuous exertion.

The advisory is in place from 12 – 7 p.m. for the following counties:

  • Citrus
  • DeSoto
  • Hardee
  • Hernando
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Manatee
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Sarasota

According to the NWS, heat index values forecasted and observed are for shaded areas, while in direct sunlight, the heat index number can rise by up to 15°F.

The Florida Department of Health provides these general tips for staying safe in the heat:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear a hat or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day – morning hours between 4 and 7 a.m.
  • Stay indoors when possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Make sure they have access to water, ventilation and shade.

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