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Early season heat wave sets records across NC

Posted June 8, 2008
Updated June 9, 2008

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— An early season heat wave is expected to bring more record-breaking temperatures and poor air quality to much of North Carolina.

Heat advisories were issued from much of the eastern half of the state Sunday.

The hot, stagnant weather has also prompted air quality officials to issue a code orange health notice for poor air quality around Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh.

Highs were in the upper 90s across the eastern half of North Carolina on Saturday, and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached 100 degrees to set a record for the date.

Forecasters say the heat wave will continue for a few more days and highs could be a few degrees warmer on Sunday.

The state departments of Health and of Crime Control and Public Safety suggest these tips for keeping cool: 

  • Do not leave children or animals in a parked car, even for just a few minutes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, especially if you must spend time outside.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Use sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Stay indoors in air-conditioning if possible.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Avoid cooking with the stove and oven.

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  • Voice of Reason 23 Jun 9, 2008

    Darn those librurls, and their global warming stories. They are just trying to get at W. What a great man he is.

  • smithr5 Jun 9, 2008

    Just curious, but where are the Al Gore bashers? You come out in droves every time the weather gets cold. Where are you now?