Gator fans are encouraged to be smart about their tailgating and celebrating on Saturday’s home opener against Bowling Green. The absence of thunderstorms and cloud cover will allow a warm air mass sitting overhead to reach its full potential by kickoff in the Swamp. The result will be temperatures soaring into the lower 90s by early afternoon. The combination of these warmer temperatures and the higher levels of humidity from recent rains will produce heat indices near and above 100 by game time.
Fans and outdoor enthusiasts over the holiday weekend should consider wearing light-weight, loose-fitting clothes, staying hydrated with plenty of water, and take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning. A large consumption of alcohol can make you three times as prone to heat-related illnesses, by dehydrating your body at a much faster pace. A heat index above 105 is most-often referred to as the point when heat disorders (such as heat exhaustion) become possible, especially when combined with strenuous activities. It’s also important to remember that heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions. Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15°F.
Stay with WRUF Weather for continuing coverage of the heat over the weekend and follow @GatorWeather on Twitter for urgent updates.
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