Worst heat wave of the year grips Midwest, Northeast
02 July, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
The warning, from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday, means there is a prolonged period of "dangerously hot" temperatures and high humidity, which could cause heat illnesses, the National Weather Service says.
Several counties in the Triangle were under a heat advisory for much of Saturday because the high temperature in the mid-90s will feel much hotter when you factor in the humidity.
On July 4, heat will overtake a majority of the eastern US with triple-digit heat index values across the entire central USA and heat index values in the upper 90s across the East Coast.
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The weather service advises drinking plenty of fluids, remaining in air-conditioned space, staying out of the sun and checking on relatives and neighbors.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, and help for them should be sought by calling 911 immediately. But, it looks like the city may come close to breaking that mark as a brutal heat wave descends on the region. Some residents are urged to limit their time outdoors including young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.
Sunday will likely be the hottest day of our potentially long heat wave as highs approach 100 degrees, maybe falling just a degree or two short in some spots.
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Slightly cooler conditions are expected on Monday as a backdoor cold front approaches from the northeast. A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert has been issued for Sunday in Baltimore. The National Weather Service and AccuWeather both are predicting a chance of showers and thunderstorms sometime after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Highs will be in the low-90s with heat indices going over 100° away from Lake Michigan.
Hot and increasingly humid conditions are expected through the end of the weekend as a Bermuda high-pressure type system sits off the East Coast over the western Atlantic.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, vomiting, cold/pale/clammy skin, heavy sweating, fast and weak pulse, and weakness or fainting. If you plan on spending time outdoors, such as at the beach, pool or ballpark, should keep in mind to use sunscreen. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Heat stroke is an emergency.call 9 1 1.
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