Feeling the burn

Published 5:12 pm Sunday, July 19, 2020

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Heat advisory continues through Tuesday


Western Tidewater is under a heat advisory through 9 p.m. on Monday, with temperatures today, July 19, reaching the upper 90s, though it feels hotter. The heat index as of 4:30 p.m. was 106 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

The agency also reports there’s a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms for the next couple of days, going up to 40% on Tuesday, — but don’t hold your breath waiting for them. By then, the highs will dip to the mid-90s through Wednesday. Lows will hover in the mid-70s through July 22.

The NWS also urges residents:

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.

• Further, 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 lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. Don’t forget to apply sunblock lotion as needed.

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.