Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories were issued on Sunday, warning central North Carolina about dangerously high temperatures and advising people to stay hydrated.
The National Weather Service in Raleigh issued an Excessive Heat Warning for dangerously high temperatures and high humidity on Sunday for most of central North Carolina.
That warning included heat index values (what temperature it actually feels like outside) of 110 to 115 degrees on Sunday. Those temperatures will be slow to fall.
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An excessive heat warning means a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures will occur, and the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.
The heat and humidity could cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
“With long duration of heat and humidity and with temperatures not cooling below 80 at night, this is a potentially very dangerous heat event,” the weather service wrote in its warning.
People headed to the beach to cool off need to be careful too. A high rip current risk was issued from Rodanthe to Surf City and a moderate rip current risk from Duck to Rodanthe.
A high rip current risk means the ocean is dangerous for all level of swimmers. A moderate risk means that people should swim near a lifeguard.
A hazardous weather outlook also was issued for central North Carolina for the heat, along with isolated severe thunderstorms possible Sunday afternoon and evening.
The weather service advised people to take extra precautions if they plan to work or spend any time outside:
▪ When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
▪ Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
▪ Wear light weight, loose fitting clothing when possible.
▪ Drink plenty of water.
▪ Stay in air-conditioned rooms.
▪ Stay out of the sun.
▪ Check on relatives and neighbors.
▪ Use fans if air conditioning is not available.
▪ Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Car interiors can reach deadly temperatures in a matter of minutes.
▪ Bring pets indoors if possible, even if just for short periods of time. Make sure they have access to drinking water, which can evaporate from dishes quickly in extreme heat.
Temperatures are expected to fall slightly in the coming week, with a high of 93 (heat index of 101) on Monday, high of 91 on Tuesday, 87 Wednesday and high 80s to low 90s the remainder of the week coupled with a chance of showers and thunderstorms each day.
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a temperature of 101 degrees on Saturday. While it fell shy of the daily record high of 103 set in 2011, the weather service said it was the warmest temperature at RDU since July 8, 2012, when RDU tied the all-time hottest temperature of 105.