Cape Fear region under heat advisory

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With meteorologists forecasting triple-digit heat indices on Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory.

The advisory, which took effect at 11 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m., is for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. The beach towns, however, are not under the advisory.

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s, with a few inland locations expected to reach 100 degrees, according to the notice. Heat index values across the advisory region are forecast for 105 to 107 degrees.

“There is a risk of heat-related illnesses for those not taking the proper precautions,” the advisory states. “The long duration of the high heat and humidity tends to wear down the body’s coping mechanisms. To reduce the risk of heat illness during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.”

People and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles during hot weather when car interiors can reach “lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes,” the NWS warns.