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Heat advisory extended to Saturday

The National Weather Service extended this weekend’s heat advisory until Saturday at 7 p.m. Meteorologist Jim Westland said temperatures will top out in the upper 90s and may reach 100F degrees on Saturday. Like Friday, the heat index value should stay between 105-110 in the afternoon hours.

Meteorologists are keeping a sharp eye on Tropical Storm Bonnie, which approached Florida on Friday afternoon and could reach the Gulf of Mexico at some point this weekend.

Westland said, based on the current NWS forecast, that storm should not directly affect Central Alabama, though it could possibly mean some rain.

“The storm may indirectly cause some moisture to come in, which should lead to a few more clouds and possibly some showers and thunderstorms. But we’re not going to see a big mass of rain and winds.”

Westland said temperatures will not likely be affected by the storm either.

Hoping for some alleviation from the heat are children who want to play outside during their remaining summer days before school starts again Aug. 9.

The Clanton YMCA will soon end its summer camp on Aug. 6. Director Rachel McKinon said the heat has played a factor in the camp’s schedule as far as when children are allowed to play outside.

“Well summer is almost over with, but they don’t need to stay out in this heat,” McKinnon said. “We usually allow them outside in the morning and bring them inside to do activities in the afternoon.”

Those activities include basketball, dodgeball, other indoor games and arts and crafts.