Withering weather in the form of high temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indexes of over 100 degrees is in store for the Triangle for the weekend.
The National Weather Service has predicted daytime highs ranging from 95 to 97 across the region on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The heat index, which factors in humidity in a formula that tells how hot it feels to a person, may easily get over 100 degrees, forecasters said.
That kind of heat can affect people quickly, and authorities advise caution, especially to stay well hydrated so your body’s cooling system can function well.
The state Office of Emergency Management has a rundown on its ReadyNC website of precautions to take and ways to reduce risk during heat waves. They include:
- Shifting strenuous work and outdoor exercise to the coolest parts of the day
- Wearing light-colored clothes that help reflect sunlight from your body and help you stay cooler
- Drink lots of fluids, whether you are thirsty or not – and that does not mean a “cool one” from the beer chest
- Find air-conditioned spaces and stay there if you can
- Try not to get sunburned. Sunburns hamper your body’s cooling mechanisms
As hot as it is supposed to get, however, the forecast poses no risk to the temperature records. The records at Raleigh Durham International Airport for Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s dates are 105 degrees, 101 degrees and 102 degrees, respectively.