Summer's start a hot one

Posted June 21, 2010

— Don't expect any more breaks from the scorching heat.

Even though it's been hot for weeks, Monday marks the official start of summer, and temperatures this week are expected to peak in the mid- to upper 90s before dropping slightly by the weekend.

Monday's high in Raleigh reached 93 degrees and the high is forecast to climb to 97 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Heat indices will make outside temperatures feel like 105 degrees by the end of the week.

"It looks like the heat is really going to get fierce as the week goes on," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Temperatures have also prompted the National Weather Service to issue a "Code Orange" air quality alert for Tuesday, meaning adults and children, especially those with respiratory diseases, should limit prolonged outdoor activity.

That alert is in effect for much of central North Carolina, including Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties.

For the children at A.E. Finley YMCA in Raleigh, the intense heat coincides with Water Week, where all outdoor activities revolve around staying wet and cool.

Even when it's not Water Week though, summertime heat is a constant concern, YMCA Associate Executive Director Yo Sobha says.

About 525 young people attend the 10-week outdoor camp in the summer.

"Every one of our kids swims every single day throughout the week. We also have shaded areas and wooded areas that we go and have activities," he said. "We have water coolers throughout our campus, and we have indoor and outdoor activities to give our kids a break from the heat."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, staying hydrated with nonalcoholic, sugar-free fluids and limiting outdoor activity are the best defenses to help avoid heat-related illnesses.

Alcohol and fluids with large amounts of sugar actually cause the body to lose more fluid.

Other safety tips include:

  • Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink.
  • Stay indoors in an air-conditioned place, if possible, and limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • If outdoors, don't be alone. Use the buddy system to monitor each other for heat-related illnesses. Try to take frequent breaks in shaded areas
  • Avoid rigorous outdoor exercise.
  • Electric fans will not help prevent heat-related illnesses when temperatures reach the high 90s.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to protect from the sun.

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  • NoFreakinWay Jun 21, 2010

    code orange folks, call in sick, you'll be excused. the weather guys said so.

  • simracer68 Jun 21, 2010

    Another reason some of us continue to run the air "conditioning" at night (when it has supposedly cooled off outside) is for just that - the "conditioning" (dehumidifying) of the air. Sure, 77º isn't that bad in a house...if it isn't also 95% RH inside there at the same time. My air has to run at night even when the outside temps are below my inside is the HVAC system sucking all the water out of the air.

    I agree with the comment about western US hunidities...I spent a week in PHX AZ a few years ago and happily BASKED in the 107º we had there that week...because it was only about 10% humid. That dry 107º felt just about like how it feels here @ 95º with our typical 70+ dewpoints. I had the motel's pool all to myself in AZ that week...

  • NoFreakinWay Jun 21, 2010

    where's Mr. Fishel, did he decide he would take the summer off again?

  • NoFreakinWay Jun 21, 2010

    smog alert time everybody!
    sensationalism at its best.

  • mgratk Jun 21, 2010

    Ah, yes. The YMCA. Once a community organization helping people down on their luck, now fancy gyms with very expensive memberships and a very few subsidized memberships for lower-middle class folks.
    Nothing wrong with expensive gyms, but I hate that they still pretend to be community-service oriented.

  • DML Jun 21, 2010

    The picture does appear that the person in the background is doing their business on the slip and slide. Yes I know it's water, obviously, but out of context...I don’t think it’s that out of the ordinary for Adults to enjoy slip and slides, we had a couple in college. Of course there should be empty 24 packs of Busch light in the background as well.

  • rescuefan Jun 21, 2010

    "Rescuefan...explain to me why you go to 75 at night. I do 78 during the day but 82 at night. I figure since the temp is colder outside, I can set the indoor up higher and hopefuly not have it turn on once during the night.

    Because I sleep better in a cool house. It doesn't run much at night because it's cooler outside so my guilty pleasure doesn't cost me much more than if I had it set on a warmer temperature. In the winter, I set the thermostat at 72 during the day and 65 at night. Pile on the blankets and sleep like a baby.

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  • spoonman Jun 21, 2010

    i love it

  • Desiderata Jun 21, 2010

    Hot enough to keep the dogs and cats inside! Would bring the horses in too , but they would mess up the wood floors:)..Stay cool everyone!