Hot conditions, high humidity prompt NWS heat advisory

Published 1:34 pm Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A heat advisory is in effect for Franklin, Southampton County and the Western Tidewater region until 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 as the National Weather Service expects heat index values up to 108 degrees.

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield issued the advisory for portions of northeast North Carolina and central, east central, eastern, north central, south central and southeast Virginia. 

The advisory states hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Residents are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. 

Because of how quickly automobiles can heat up to temperatures as high as 170 degrees, young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. 

Weather service officials urged those work or spend time outside to take extra precautions. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. 

NWS said it is important to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. 

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the advisory said 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 and anyone who believes someone is suffering from one is urged to call 911.