The National Weather Service in Raleigh has extended the Heat Advisory for another day, with Heat Index values reaching up to 108 degrees on Friday. NC News Network meteorologist Mike Moss says Friday and Saturday will be hot, with highs in the low to mid 90s, but temperatures could begin to finally tumble on Sunday with a high of 88.
Meteorologists are also tracking Tropical Depression Fred, which is expected to regain tropical storm strength once it moves north of Cuba, bringing heavy rain to Florida his weekend and early next week. The western portion of N.C. could see heavy rain early next week, but it’s too early to know for sure.
…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM EDT FRIDAY…
* WHAT…Maximum heat index values of 105 to 108.
* WHERE…The Coastal Plain, eastern Sandhills, and a portion of the northeast Piedmont of central North Carolina.
* WHEN…12 noon to 7 PM EDT Friday.
* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses.
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 OccupationalSafety 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.