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Heat advisory in effect for Clayton, Henry

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Elaine Hall, of McDonough, said she hosted an inside yard sale in order to escape this week's heat.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Elaine Hall, of McDonough, said she hosted an inside yard sale in order to escape this week's heat.

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Elaine Hall said she decided to have a yard sale in her McDonough apartment, due, in part, to this week's sultry weather.

"It's too much to carry outside, and it's a lot cooler in here than it is out there," said Hall. "I don't like the heat."

As temperatures rose to the upper 90s this week, officials with the National Weather Service have been encouraging area residents to use like-minded caution when it comes to the hot weather.

A heat advisory was issued for Clayton and Henry counties until 8 p.m., on Sunday, according to Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Garcia said residents should be aware of the dangers associated with the heat, including dehydration and heat stroke.

"Residents should check on their elderly neighbors or anyone with a young child and no air conditioning," Garcia said. "You definitely want to check on them to make sure they are in no danger of suffering from the heat. You want to make sure they are hydrated and out of the heat and sunlight."

Weather conditions are not expected to improve much this weekend.

Garcia said high temperatures across the area may reach the upper 90s, to near 100 degrees, with lows in the mid-to-upper 70s, and temperatures relative to the humidity will feel much warmer.

"We expect the heat indices will be at least 105 degrees through the weekend," he said. "[And] chances of rain are very minimal."

The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday afternoon, increasing to a 40 percent chance on Sunday afternoon.

Garcia warns, however, that rain chances will likely be greatest following the day's peak high temperatures. He expects highs on Saturday will approach the July 31, 1999, record high of 99 degrees for metro Atlanta.