Heat index could hit 107 degrees Friday

Published 8:23 pm Thursday, July 28, 2022

For a second straight day, residents of Suffolk and Southeast Virginia are facing a heat advisory, with heat index values up to 107 degrees Friday, July 29. This follows Thursday when the heat index rose to make it feel like 110 degrees with temperatures in the mid-90s.

The Friday heat advisory runs from noon to 8 p.m., according to the advisory issued by the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. The NWS forecast for Friday calls for highs in the mid-90s with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service’s Wakefield office said heat index values are expected to reach between 103 to 107 degrees. Due to hot temperatures and high humidity, NWS warns that the conditions can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Everyone in the advisory area is encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. NWS said young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

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The advisory stated those who work or spend time outside should take extra precautions.When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. NWS urges everyone to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Residents of the region are encouraged to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

The advisory also said heat stroke is an emergency and to call 911 if someone is suffering distress from the heat.