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Heat advisory for much of southwest and west central Florida

Heat advisory for much of southwest and west central Florida

Heat advisory for much of southwest and west central Florida

A heat alert will be in effect from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory warning that heat index highs of up to 111 degrees are expected for all counties in west central and southwest Florida.

The NWS also issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Atlantic coastal waters, southeast Florida, south Florida, southwest Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico today and tonight, which includes scattered to numerous thunderstorms developing this afternoon, primarily in southwest Florida. The strongest storms could contain gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

Slow-moving thunderstorms combined with the potential for heavy rainfall could lead to localized flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas of southwest Florida.

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Excessive heat is expected Saturday through Thursday, with heat indices above 100 degrees each day for the next week, and highs as high as 110 possible.

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are also forecast each day during the period. The strongest storms could produce gusty winds and torrential rain. Slow-moving storms could also result in localized flooding, particularly near metropolitan areas. Precautions for the advisory recommend drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun, and checking on family and neighbors. Take extra precautions when outdoors. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Try to limit strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Take action when you notice symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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