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Dangerous heat bakes Crossroads

BY ZACK STEEN zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

The year's hottest weather is here.

With a heat advisory in place from the National Weather Service, heat index readings are forecast to hit greater than 105 degrees in Corinth on Friday and the hot weather won't stop there as 90s continue into next week.

Friday's outlook includes a day-time high of 94 with a heat index of 105 and a chance of afternoon rain. Strong to serve thunderstorms could pop up throughout the Crossroads and some of those storms could include damaging winds and large hail, according to NWS.

It's more of the same on Saturday and Sunday with a day-time high each day of 93 and night-time lows in the mid-70s. Afternoon rain chances continue with the greatest chance late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Chance of rain is 60 percent.

"The hot and humid conditions will continue into early next week," said NWS. "Heat advisories may be extended."

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected and extreme caution should be used.

"The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness," said the NWS. "The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating to strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun is important. Check ups should be preformed on relatives and neighbors."

Next week's forecast through Independence Day remains warm with daily highs reaching the low 90s and over night lows reaching the low 70s. Rain chances remain each afternoon of around 30 percent.