Well below normal yearly rainfall has resulted in expanding and worsening drought conditions across parts of the state.
As the sweltering summer heat sweeps the nation, the American Red Cross reminds everyone to take precautions against heat related incidents. So many simple measures can be taken to significantly reduce the chance of getting heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Red Cross encourages drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks while working outside. Staying inside and avoiding strenuous activity is also recommended.
Temperatures have hit 100 degrees in parts of south Alabama, and the heat index is high on the coast where work crews are cleaning up oil on the beaches.