SOUTHEAST N.C. — Summer in the South: it’s hot, it’s humid, and it can be outright dangerous. Today, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington issued a special weather statement warning residents in the region of heat indices climb past 100 degrees.
“Widespread mid 90-degree temperatures combined with increasing humidity, will produce Heat Index Values around 100 degrees by midday. Heat Indices will further climb to between 100 and 104 degrees this afternoon, just shy of the 105-degree Heat Advisory threshold,” according to the statement.
Residents should be cautious when outdoors in these high temperatures.
“These hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat related illnesses especially during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Signs of Heat exhaustion and worse yet, heat stroke, will need to be closely monitored, especially with the elderly and children,” according to the NWS.
The NWS is also reminding people to remember their pets and livestock during these heat waves.
“Ensure all outdoor pets and livestock have access to freshwater and a well ventilated and shaded area. And, NEVER, leave children or pets in a closed-up vehicle!! Temperatures inside could reach 120-degrees in a manner of minutes,” according to the statement.