Swelter. Rinse. Repeat.
South Florida is scorching under another heat advisory on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued the advisory for 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. today for seven southern counties including Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.
Although the high temperatures this afternoon are forecast in the low to mid-90s, heat indices are forecast again to be in the 105-110 degree range.
The good news? The sweltering heat might not last as long today because of the potential for widespread showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
South Floridians were among 38 million Americans who were under heat alerts on Wednesday. And Earth’s temperature on Tuesday reached its hottest in decades and likely centuries, with Wednesday expected to be the third day in a row with a record-breaking high.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, according to the National Weather Service.
According to the office: Young children and infants are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness and death, as their bodies are less able to adapt to heat than are adults. Also at risk: Older adults, particularly those with pre existing diseases, people with chronic medical conditions, and pregnant women. Extreme heat events have been linked to low birth weight, preterm birth, and infant mortality, as well as congenital cataracts.
Some tips to try to stay cool: Stay hydrated, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink fluids and limit your sun exposure. Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat or cap.