Heat advisory issued for Suffolk, region Monday

Published 10:51 am Monday, July 3, 2023

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Monday will be an extremely hot day in Suffolk, according to the National Weather Service office in Wakefield.

NWS has issued a heat advisory from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 3 as heat index values are expected to be between 105-109 degrees.

The weather service forecast for the city calls for a high of 96 degrees with showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Southwest winds are expected to be between 9-11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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During Monday’s head advisory, NWS said the hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

They urge local residents to prepare by drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun, and checking up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles

under any circumstances, NWS said in the warning.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside, according to the weather service warning. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or

evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the federal 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.

Heat stroke is an emergency, NWS said. Call 911.

The forecast for Independence Day shows another hot day with a high of 93 expected and heat index values of up to 101 degrees. The chance of precipitation July 4 is 20%, which bodes well for the city’s many holiday events.