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Florida, Georgia to face hot, humid conditions into midweek as cleanup from Michael continues

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
October 17, 2018, 5:49:37 AM EDT

As cleanup and power restoration continues in the wake of deadly Michael, some of the hardest-hit areas will face hot, humid and stormy weather into midweek.

In the days following Michael, the region experienced its first break from sweltering heat and humidity of the season on Friday and Saturday. However, that comfortable air departed the region on Monday.

“While much of the nation is plunged into wintry weather, heat and humidity will linger in the southeastern corner of the nation through midweek,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts.

South-central Georgia and Florida will feel the brunt of the sweltering conditions.

“Especially for those without power or other utilities in the wake of Hurricane Michael, this means several more days of uncomfortably sweltering conditions,” she added.

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People walk amidst rubble in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

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In this Oct. 13, 2018 photo, Clinton Moseley reacts as he surveys a large tree that fell on the home in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida.

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Marla Wood pulls a framed art piece out of the rubble of her damaged home from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

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A member of a South Florida urban search and rescue team sifts through a debris pile for survivors of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

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Charles Olmstead wipes off the grand piano that was spared damage inside the heavily damaged St. Andrew United Methodist Church in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

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Cars sit in traffic outside buildings that lost their facades during Hurricane Michael on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Marianna, Florida.

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Amber Cousin sits by a window as Amy Lenain naps in a room they now share with multiple people, since their roof was partially torn off in their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Springfield, Florida, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

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Candace Phillips sifts through what was her third-floor bedroom while returning to her damaged home in Mexico Beach, Florida, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

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Electrical poles are prepared for transport as utility workers restore power lines in the aftermath of hurricane Michael in Callaway, Florida, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Over 100,000 customers remain in the dark across Florida and Georgia in the wake of Michael’s rampage across these states.

Most of these outages are in the Florida Panhandle, where Michael made landfall at near Category 5 hurricane strength on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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“In Tallahassee and Panama City, Florida, temperatures will approach record-high levels around 90 degrees Fahrenheit each day through Wednesday,” Eherts said.

Sunshine, along with high humidity, will push AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures well into the upper 90s F each day.

“Similar heat is expected across much of southern and central Georgia, as well,” Eherts said.

“When possible, residents should make every effort to remain well hydrated and protected from the sun while working outdoors,” she added.

Since trees have been flattened and stripped in much of the region, a hat and sunscreen may provide the most protection from the bright conditions.

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Make sure tap water has been deemed safe in your community before hydrating.

Boil water notices remain in effect for 10 counties in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Relief will be hard to come by even after the sun sets, with temperatures remaining in the 70s F and humidity levels staying steamy.

People still cleaning up downed trees and power lines in North Carolina and Virginia will not experience the same oppressive conditions as those farther south.

On Tuesday, a sweep of cooler, drier air knocked temperatures back by 10-15 degrees from Monday’s highs in the 80s F.

A bit of rain may accompany the cooler conditions along a corridor across North Carolina into Wednesday.

Some of this cooler, less humid air will make its way into south-central Georgia and the Florida Panhandle late in the week, offering some relief from the oppressive conditions.

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