By Linda Looney-Bond
Forecasters say hotter-than-normal temperatures are in store for the weekend of Father's Day, which is also the first official day of summer.
"Normal highs run in the upper 80s this time of year, and normal lows are in the upper 60s, so we're running a little higher daytime highs and nighttime lows," said Nate Mayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
Mayes said local residents can look for highs today in the upper 90s.
"Sunday, Father's Day, looks like sunny skies, high in the mid 90s, and a little bit of wind ... but it'll be a warm breeze," he said.
Factor in the humidity, and temperatures will feel like 101 to 105 degrees this Father's Day weekend, according to Mayes.
"If you can do some of those Father's Day activities, such as going out to play golf with dad, go in the morning," said Dr. Leon Haley, Jr., chief of emergency medicine for Grady Health System.
"Staying hydrated, just being cognizant of the heat, [and] getting into the shade are important," he said.
Haley said the best way to avoid heat exhaustion is to stay indoors.
"Run errands early in the morning or late in the evening. That also helps with the [effects of] smog," he said. "Certainly for those who work outside, maintain a high degree of hydration, drink a lot of water, [and] take breaks on a regular basis."
Audrey Hamilton, the director of Clayton County Public Schools' nutrition department, recommended people drink between six and eight glasses of fluids per day to stave off dehydration during warm weather. Hamilton said the best choices of fluids are water and milk. The milk is recommended, Hamilton said, because it is a source of calcium for the body.
"As you sweat, your body is losing fluids, and those fluids contain nutrients that the body needs, like calcium," she said. "You need to replenish the fluids your body needs to stay healthy."
The good news for Father's Day weekend is that outdoor plans are safe when it comes to rain chances, according to Mayes, the meteorologist.
"The next chance of rain - a real slight chance - is 20 percent or so on Monday, [and] maybe a 20 percent chance on Thursday," he said.
Summer officially begins Sunday, and Mayes said scorching days are ahead as the season kicks off.
"Right now it looks like temperatures are going to run a little bit high over the next several weeks. Everything I see is still in the 90s," he said. "We may get a little bit of cloud cover to drop us into the 80s."
Staff writer Curt Yeomans contributed to this article.