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HEAT ADVISORY

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a HEAT ADVISORY… which.is in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 7 p.m. EDT this evening.
* Locations….All of Southeastern North Carolina and Northeast South Carolina…including all beaches.
* Heat Index Values…Peaking between 105 to 109 degrees.  This a result of temperatures today climbing to the upper 90s to lower 100s…combined with high relative humidity
* Impacts…Increasing risk of heat-related illness for those not taking the proper precautions…especially when spending an extended period of time outdoors.
Precautionary/Preparedness Actions…
A Heat Advisory means that a prolonged period of heat index values greater than or equal to 105 degrees is expected.  The combination of hot temperatures and high relative humidity…will produce an increased threat for heat illnesses to occur if proper precautions are not taken.
If you must be outdoors…drink plenty of fluids…wear light weight colored clothing.  To reduce the risk of heat illness while working outdoors….the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
Know the signs of heat related illnesses and be sure to check on those who are most susceptible such as young children and the elderly.  People and pets should never be left unattended in enclosed vehicles during hot weather….since temperatures inside these vehicles can climb to lethal values within minutes.  Ensure that pets and livestock have plenty of drinking water and shaded ventilation.
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