Heat advisory in effect through 8 p.m.

Published 2:27 pm Monday, July 2, 2018


The National Weather Service’s Wakefield station has issued a heat advisory for the city of Franklin, Southampton County and Isle of Wight County, Southampton County effective until 8 o’clock this evening.

Maximum forecast heat index values range from 104 to 108ºF. Prolonged exposure or any strenuous activity may lead to heat-related illnesses that require immediate medical attention.

The NWS advises all to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. 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 light 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 911.

Tuesday is forecast to not be quite as hot, but dew point temperatures will be a degree or two higher, allowing heat indices to again reach 100ºF. Anyone planning to be outdoors during the midday and afternoon hours through midweek should wear sunscreen, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages.