High temperatures above normal

Posted June 22, 2010

— The hot, humid days of summer are ahead for central North Carolina.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to see mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid- and upper 90s, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

“Even though its summer we are above normal for late June,” he said.

The heat index values Tuesday afternoon reached about 99 degrees in the Triangle into the lower 100s from Fayetteville southward. By Thursday, the Triangle could see heat index values around 105.

A large high pressure ridge is building over the Plains and moving eastward so as the week goes on, the heat should increase.

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.

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 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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  • ForTheLoveOf Jun 22, 2010

    Oh noes, it's the greenhouse effect coming true!

    /end sarcasm.

  • queene01 Jun 22, 2010

    yea. I had that same problem whenever I had the pool in the sun like 2 hours later was super hot! but in the shade it stays nice and cool. hope your pups enjoy it as much as mine do. mine was in it the other day with her nose in the water, blowing bubbles. :)

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jun 22, 2010

    queene, that is heartbreaking. im so sorry. :(

    keep that doggie pool in the shade as well. the water in mine was HOT, literally hot and uncomfortable to the touch, just a couple hours after i filled it.

    i moved it to full shade and presto, water that doesnt boil. it still gets warm, room temp, but the dogs will still go in it. they obviously weren't making use of the boiling water that resulted from the pool sitting in just partial shade.

  • queene01 Jun 22, 2010

    My dogs stay outside as well, well we just moved to a new home and I guess I didn't realize how much shade really does matter. (even tho they had some near their dog house, it wasn't enough) We were working on the backyard getting it fenced in and all that so they could have the whole yard to play in...well we didn't get them shade quick passed away the other was able to be saved.. the other one is now coming inside at night, but is on an radio fence underground so she can get up under the patio cover. We have a swimming pool for them(now just her) as well. They loved it together.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jun 22, 2010

    queene, what happened last week? i hope nothing irreversible. ((hugs))

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jun 22, 2010

    opting for a reverse schedule for my pets. the pooches are accustomed to staying out in the back yard while i'm at work, come home and in the house in the evening. its too dang hot now so today they rest indoors in a comfy 75 degree home. they'll get let out this evening to play outside with the family when we are home from work and school.

    i expect to see three very happy doggies when i get home today. not crazy, muddy messes that i came home to yesterday. LOL

    reader tip: having a swimming pool for your doggies is a good idea. having an area they like to dig, combined with said swimming pool, not such a great combo! LOL!

  • Bishop Jun 22, 2010

    YAY THE BUDDY SYSTEM! How did the world ever survive in 90+ weather without the buddy system!
    No moon shine?? No mike's hard lemonade? This is nonsense... I'm moving to the North..

  • queene01 Jun 22, 2010

    Please remember to keep a check on pets as well. Make sure they have plenty of shade and fresh water daily. Even the dogs that can handle the heat normally, are in trouble. I know from experience last week. :(

  • RainierBeer Jun 22, 2010

    Now, there you have it right, a nice baby photo!

  • nursemom Jun 22, 2010

    Well, as the Northerners like to say,"the weather is so much better down here."