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The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County which will be in place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Heat index values for Saturday are forecast to reach 109 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 96 degrees and dewpoint in the mid 70s.  According to the National Weather Service office, high heat and humidity can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses and heat stress.

For those who have to work outdoors it is advised they take frequent breaks; drink plenty of water; and wear light weight clothing. Do not leave children or pets unattended inside parked vehicles.  Make sure pets have access to plenty of fresh drinking water and plenty of shade or an air conditioned environment.

Don’t forget to check on elderly neighbors as they are more likely to be susceptible to heat stress or heat stroke.