If you thought Monday was a scorcher, Tuesday is going to be worse. The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a rare “Excessive Heat Warning” for central North Carolina, including Wayne County. The last time a warning such as this was issued was July 22, 2020.
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Raleigh NC
3:12 PM EDT Mon Jun 13 2022
Including the cities of Burlington, Graham, Mebane, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Rougemont, Siler City, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Smithfield, Selma, Clayton, Albemarle, Troy, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Carthage, Sanford, Lillington, Angier, Buies Creek, Erwin, Dunn, Goldsboro, Wadesboro, Polkton, Rockingham, Ellerbe, Laurinburg, Camp Mackall, Wagram, Raeford, Fayetteville, Spring Lake, Hope Mills, Clinton, and Roseboro
…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT TUESDAY…
- WHAT…For the Excessive Heat Warning, dangerously hot conditions with heat index values ranging from 110 to 115 degrees. For the Heat Advisory, heat index values ranging from 105 to 109 degrees.
- WHERE…Portions of central North Carolina.
- WHEN…For the Excessive Heat Warning, from noon to 8 PM EDT Tuesday.
- IMPACTS…Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
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.