Southern heat wave eases, but not much

A construction crew keeps out of the sun with a sun umbrella on their boom lift as they work on an apartment building along S. Jefferson Davis Parkway in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the New Orleans area Tuesday. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)
Abigail Sisney, 8, cools down from the hot weather in the splash pad at Rayola Park in Owasso, Okla., Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A dangerous heat wave was easing a little Wednesday across the Southeast.

Stifling heat and humidity that made it feel like it was 120 degrees (49 Celsius) in places was being replaced by slightly cooler, forecasters said.

The heat subsided because of a cold front that caused overnight storms which left damage including shattered roofs, downed power lines and toppled trees in northwest Alabama. No injuries were reported.

Heat alerts that extended northward into the Midwest are now limited to Gulf Coast states plus Georgia and South Carolina. Forecasters say the heat index should reach around 110 degrees (43 Celsius).

Higher temperatures are expected in central California and the southwest, where forecasters say afternoon highs could hit 115 degrees.

Baltimore's teacher union is requesting fan donations for sweltering schools, but The Baltimore Sun reports that the district says electrical systems may not be equipped to handle it.

Alabama limited inmate work details because of the heat. A prison spokesman said officers also were running large ventilation fans and providing prisoners with extra water and ice.

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