The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday. Heat index values between 105 to 108 degrees are expected. The forecast calls for a high near 97 Thursday.
The combination of temperatures in the 90s combined with high humidity may cause heat illnesses, especially with the elderly and young children.
A heat advisory is issued if the heat index value is expected to reach 105 degrees.
The National Weather Service advises people to take extra precautions if outside and, if possible, to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
It’s recommended for people to 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.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Anyone suffered heat stroke should call 911.