A heat advisory remains in effect for north and central Georgia, with portions of the region expected to experience 100+ heat index through Thursday

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Cobb County and other parts of north and central Georgia are under a heat advisory until midnight Sunday, July 2.

Portions of the region are expected to have 100-110 degree heat index through next Thursday.

There is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms (2 out of 5 for north Georgia, 1 out of 5 for other parts of the region).

What is the heat index?

The NWS defines the heat index as follows on its website:

The heat index, also known as the apparent temperature, is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. This has important considerations for the human body’s comfort. When the body gets too hot, it begins to perspire or sweat to cool itself off.

Chart from NOAA showing relationship between relative humidity and temperature in heat index

What is in the statement?

The statement from the National Weather Service gives the following details:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North and Central Georgia.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight…

The probability of widespread hazardous weather is low.

A Heat Advisory is in effect for much of north and central Georgia

today. Heat index values are expected to reach or exceed 105. If

spending time outdoors, be sure to stay hydrated, wear lightweight

clothing, and take plenty of time to rest.

Thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon and evening. A few

of these could be severe. A Slight Risk (2 out of 5) is in effect

for portions of north Georgia, with the rest of north and central

Georgia in a Marginal Risk (1 out of 5). The primary threat with

any storms that do form will be damaging wind gusts, frequent

lightning, and isolated flash flooding from heavy rainfall.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Sunday through Friday…

Hot and humid conditions will lead to elevated heat index values

between 100-110 degrees across portions of the forecast area from

Sunday through Thursday. A Heat Advisory is in effect for the

majority of north and central Georgia from 8AM Saturday through

midnight Sunday.

Additionally, scattered to numerous afternoon and evening

thunderstorms are possible each day Sunday through Thursday. Some

storms may become strong to severe with damaging wind gusts,

large hail, frequent lightning, and locally heavy rainfall

leading to isolated flash flooding being the primary hazards.


Spotter activation is not requested but spotters are encouraged

to submit reports of severe weather through the web by going to

weather.gov/atlanta.  Please relay any information about observed

severe weather to the NWS while following all local, state, and

CDC guidelines.

What counties are affected?

The following counties are included in the hazardous weather outlook:

Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Dodge, Dooly, Douglas, Emanuel, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Glascock, Gordon, Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lumpkin, Macon, Madison, Marion, Meriwether, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Newton, North Fulton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rockdale, Schley, South Fulton, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Telfair, Toombs, Towns, Treutlen, Troup, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, White, Whitfield, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilkinson

About the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The NWS describes its role as follows:

“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. 

“These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events.”

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