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Heat index climbs to 106 degrees, no heat advisory issued for Bladen

With temperatures soaring to 96 degrees in Elizabethtown on Friday afternoon, the heat index reached 106 degrees. While no heat advisory was issued for Bladen County as of 4:45 p.m., heat advisories were in effect for the neighboring counties of Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin and Scotland.

However, temperatures are expected to reach well into the 90s plus high humidity will produce heat index values of 100 to 105 degrees Saturday, and Sunday. While no heat advisories are currently in effect, this may change as forecasts are refined, said National Weather Service’s Timothy Armstrong.

Armstrong also said no thunderstorms are expected Friday evening or Saturday. A slight increase in moisture on Sunday could bring isolated thunderstorms to the area.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services advises people who have to be outdoors to take frequent breaks, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water. Also, make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh drinking water and shade.

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