Jun. 16—Cobb County and much of the southeastern U.S. remained under a heat advisory Thursday, with heat indexes climbing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
It was the third straight day the National Weather Service issued the advisory, as officials warned the blistering conditions can be especially dangerous for those working outdoors. The advisory was in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.
MUST Ministries said it was continuing to use its Hope House Shelter on Bells Ferry Road as a cooling center, where residents can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in air-conditioning.
Forecasts from Accuweather indicate Cobb may be in for a slight reprieve in the days to come, with high temperatures expected to drop below 90 degrees Sunday.
Slight, however, remains the key word. Forecasts Thursday predicted that by the second half of next week, temperatures could reach 100 degrees, with a heat index even higher.
The National Weather Service advised residents to stay in air-conditioned areas, stay hydrated, keep out of the sun, and check on vulnerable family members. Under no circumstances should animals or children be left in cars unattended.