National Weather Service issues Heat Advisory for R-C area

Published 8:12 am Monday, July 3, 2023

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Local residents are encouraged to take extra precautions if they venture outside today (Monday).

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, VA has issued a Heat Advisory for portions of northeastern North Carolina and eastern / south central Virginia. This advisory includes all four counties of the Roanoke-Chowan area.

The advisory is in place from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Today’s high temperature is expected to top out at 96 degrees, but coupled with the high humidity, the heat index will reach as high as 109 degrees.

The sizzling temperature plus the humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

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 lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

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.

Scattered thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and locally heavy downpours this evening and overnight.

The remainder of the week will see partly cloudy skies with daily highs in the low 90’s. There is a chance of a pop-up thunderstorm each afternoon, as is typical with hot summer days.