The majority of the South — from Texas to portions of South Carolina — will be under heat advisories and warnings as temperatures will feel as large as 117 levels (47 Celsius), forecasters said.
The most extreme heat Tuesday was anticipated in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama; and in regions near Memphis, Tennessee.
The warnings come one day after the temperature and humidity combined to get a Monday heat indicator of 121 levels (49.4 Celsius) in Clarksdale, Mississippi. It was just a few degrees cooler in West Memphis, Arkansas.
In Alabama, the highest reported heating indicators Monday were 112 levels (44.4 Celsius) in Florence, Tuscumbia and Gurley.
Forecasters say the heat index is exactly what the temperature really feels like.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are prime dangers during heat waves, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Kansas, a 2-year-old boy died after he was found alone in a parked car in the afternoon heat Sunday. It seems heat played a part in the child’s death, Lawrence Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. said in a statement Monday. It was approximately 88 levels (31 Celsius) using a heat index of 96 (36 Celsius) at Lawrence at the moment, National Weather Service said. The police investigation is ongoing.
The warmth alerts set up on Tuesday stretched as far east as the Upstate region of South Carolina.
In Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills are practicing together Tuesday and Wednesday prior to a preseason NFL game in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over the weekend, Panthers coach Ron Rivera had some fun with Bills coach Sean McDermott, delivering a screenshot of this heat index in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It revealed 110 levels (43.3 Celsius) along with an orange emoji face dripping with perspiration.
“A psychological game,” Rivera joked of the scorching heat that expects McDermott and the Bills this week.
Reeves reported from Birmingham, Alabama. Associated Press Sports Writer Steve Reed in Spartanburg, South Carolina, contributed to this report.