Heat Advisory issued

Published 11:25 am Friday, July 29, 2011

Eastern North Carolina returns to the “oven” today (Friday).

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Va. has issued a Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. today for northeastern North Carolina, central and eastern Virginia and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The temperature is expected to reach 100 degrees by this afternoon. The heat index will make it feel as high as 109 degrees.

“The combination of heat and humidity will produce high heat indices,” NWS officials said. “This will create a significant stress on individuals and will increase the risk of heat related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anyone working outside, playing sports, working out or jogging outdoors during the late morning hours through sunset will be especially vulnerable. People living or working in non-air conditioned environments will also be more prone to heat related illness.”

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids; stay in an air-conditioned room; stay in the shade if possible and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9-1-1.

The temperature will back off a bit on Saturday with a high of 98 and an overnight of 74 degrees.

There’s a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday where the high is forecasted in the lower 90’s.