Heat advisory issued for Suffolk Thursday

Published 10:05 am Thursday, August 4, 2022

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As temperatures push back into the mid-90s today, partly cloudy skies with humid conditions have prompted a heat advisory for Suffolk and the region as the heat index makes it feel like about 106 degrees.

The National Weather Service’s Wakefield office issued the advisory for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

The NWS forecast shows that the heat will continue into the early evening due to humid conditions keeping the heat index value around 100. There is only a 20% change of isolated showers and thunderstorms in today’s forecast.

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Weather service officials warn hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat-related illnesses.

To prepare for these conditions, the advisory recommends residents of East Central, Eastern and Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina “drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” the statement reads, as conditions can quickly push temperatures inside a vehicle to dangerous levels — 160-170 degrees.

Those who plan to be outside are encouraged to take precautions, such as wearing lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. Anyone planning strenuous activities is encouraged to reschedule them to early morning or evening, according to NWS.

“Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” the advisory states. 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 states. Heat stroke is an emergency and weather service officials anyone suffering from the condition to call 911.