It’s hot!

Published 10:48 am Friday, July 27, 2012

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, VA has issued an excessive heat warning from noon today (Friday) to 7 p.m. for Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties.

While the air temperature will hover around the 100 degree mark, the maximum forecast heat index values are projected to be between 110 to 112 degrees. The hottest temperatures and heat indices will occur between 2-6 p.m.

NWS officials are warning residents in the excessive heat warning areas that prolonged exposure or any strenuous activity may lead to heat related illnesses that require immediate medical attention.

An excessive heat warning means that a period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

To combat those possible medical risks, 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 and 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.

Highs on Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the low to mid 90’s.