Heat advisory issued for multiple counties; heat indices up to 110°F Monday

Advisory until 6 p.m.
Heat Advisory 07/26/2021
Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 11:56:14-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A heat advisory is in place for multiple Tampa Bay area counties until 6 p.m. Monday.

The included counties are:

  • Polk
  • Hardee
  • Highlands
  • DeSoto
  • Inland Hillsborough
  • Inland Manatee

Temperatures will reach the mid-90s, but the heat index is expected to climb to between 108-100°F at times.

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The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual temperature.

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.