Tallahassee experienced dangerous heat conditions Wednesday afternoon. Meteorologists are predicting temperatures as high as 112 degrees throughout the week.
Starting around 1 p.m., the temperature is expected to rise near 100 degrees. The humidity could make the weather feel like it is between 106 and 112 degrees.
Brittani DuBose, Meteorologist for WCTV Eyewitness News, says the weather is not going to change and will be the same throughout the weekend.
“Unfortunately it's going to stay hot. High pressure, which brings us low rain chances outside of the sea breeze will be sticking around the region until the weekend,” said DuBose.
Weather officials are encouraging people who work outside to make sure that they remain hydrated and sit under the shade. Also, to remain in contact with neighbors or family who may be sensitive to extreme temperatures.
“People can protect themselves by drinking plenty of water and being indoors in an air conditioned building/car. Try not to overdo it if you have to work outside, take frequent water breaks and find shelter under a tree for shade,” said DuBose.
Lutricia Hamm, a paraprofessional at Jefferson County Middle/High School feels that the dangerous heat conditions may cause many people to have heat strokes.
“People’s lack of knowledge on heat hazards may cause them to have a heat stroke. Before I go outside, I make sure that I’m hydrated and will not be outside long,” Hamm said.
The weekend should bring rain according to DuBose, but only in the Big Bend area.
“Over the weekend we should see rain,” DuBose added. “That will allow temperatures to "cool" down into the mid 90s, and not approach 100. Our best chance for rain will come from the sea breeze, and that does not guarantee rain for everyone.”
Jonathan Russ, a mechanic at Williams Automotives explains how he stay cool in the heat.
“This just may be the hottest summer only because it’s not even summer yet and it’s hot,” said Russ. “I make sure I stay hydrated and when I can get in the shade.”
DuBose says summer is quickly approaching and we will have temperatures at least in the mid-90s from now until September.
“It is, after all, summer in the deep south,” said DuBose.
For more information on staying safe during dangerous heat conditions visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/during.shtml