…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 10 PM EDT SUNDAY…
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from noon Friday to 10 PM EDT Sunday. The Excessive Heat Watch is no longer in effect.
- HEAT INDEX VALUES…100 to 105 on Friday afternoon, 105 to 115 on Saturday afternoon, and 105 to 110 on Sunday afternoon.
- TIMING…The most dangerous of the heat and humidity will occur from mid afternoon into the early evening each day. However, overnight minimum temperatures will only drop into the mid to upper 70s to around 80, providing little relief from daytime heat.
- IMPACTS…The excessive heat and humidity may cause heat stress or heat stroke. The most susceptible individuals are the elderly and those with pre-existing health issues.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or the late evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of water.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle under any circumstance. This is especially true during hot weather when a car’s interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
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.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged 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. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.