Relief from the heat on the way

Posted August 3, 2008
Updated August 5, 2008

— Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to reach into the upper 90s before a cold front moves through the area Thursday.

There will be a chance of rain Wednesday afternoon and evening. The front will be passing through the area Thursday, Meteorologist Greg Fishel said

By the weekend, Fishel said, "We'll have 80s by day, 60s by night and life will be worth living again."

Wake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recommends that people limit outdoor exertion during the heat wave. If you must be active in the heat, take these precautions:

  • Have plenty of fluids available to drink
  • Drink fluids prior to being active
  • Take frequent planned breaks to drink more fluids
  • Wear loose, light colored clothing
  • Plan activities for early morning or evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day

Dr. Allen Mask suggests people avoid physical activities outdoors during the hottest part of the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The heat can especially be taxing on children under 4-year-old and adults over 65-year-old.

Mask suggests wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen when going outdoors.

The following are symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Faint feeling
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Cramping

People suffering from these symptoms are urged to move to a cool, air conditioned area and drink water. Cool water applied to skin is also recommended. If a person begins convulsing, call 911, Mask said.

Temperatures on Tuesday were warm but not near the record high of 100, Fishel said.

High temperatures reached 94 degrees in the Triangle with a heat index of 95. The high for this date was 100 in 1953.

Lows overnight were expected in the 70s with a slight chance of rain, Fisher said.


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  • meh2 Aug 5, 2008

    WRAL has to fan the AGW flames. Reporting that it is hot in August falls into the category of "water wet" reporting.

  • bs101fly Aug 5, 2008

    relief for how long, 20 minutes, 2 days? Get over it, it will be 90+ for 3 more months thanks to Al Gore!
    Then winter will average another balmy 70+!!

  • NC4Now Aug 5, 2008

    Drink, drink, drink ... beer, beer, beer ...

  • ChristaS Aug 5, 2008

    I just don't feel all this heat they keep talking about. It's kinda pleasant outside to me, and my thermometer barely reads 90 degrees. What's up with the drama, WRAL???

  • Hammerhead Aug 5, 2008

    We are reminded at every turn to stay hydrated in the heat. Gee, thanks. I amazed that I've lived this long with all of the strenous stuff I've done in the heat without being reminded to drink water.

  • North Wake Dad Aug 5, 2008

    It does seem to me the actual high temps lately haven't gotten up to the forecast highs. Anyone else noticed that?

  • TontoKozlowski Aug 5, 2008

    Wow! 98 in August in the south...The record is 100 set back in 1953...Global warming is truly among us..NOT! Why is hot weather in the south in August news? If this were May or October I could possibly see but August?

  • Me again Aug 5, 2008

    In other is August 5.

  • mike honcho Aug 4, 2008

    it's sooo hot! milk was a bad choice.

  • bs101fly Aug 4, 2008

    that's it, I'm jumping!