Excessive heat hits N.C.

Posted July 23, 2010

— North Carolinians were being warned to stay indoors because of dangerous heat conditions enveloping most of the state.

"It is insufferable out there," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Temperatures reached 100 degrees in Raleigh on Friday afternoon and the heat index hit 111 degrees. Seventy central and eastern counties are under either an excess heat warning or heat advisory.

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"This is extremely dangerous, especially for young folks, the elderly," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

She explained that high humidity keeps perspiration from evaporating, preventing the body from cooling down. That leads to heat-related illnesses.

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WakeMed’s Dr. Scott Fairbrother said symptoms of heat related illnesses include someone appearing confused or disoriented.

“If they have slurred speech; if they’re a little sluggish when they walk; if they look like they’re stumbling; if they’re not answering questions appropriately, that’s a big red flag,” he said.

Fairbrother said heat exhaustion can strike anyone outside in the heat for a long time or anyone working in the heat.

Since mid-June, nearly 500 people stricken with heat-related illnesses have been seen in emergency rooms, state officials said. Many of the patients were young and middle-aged adults.

Wake Emergency Services said they have not seen a significant increase in heat-related cases.

Emergency workers were on alert at the Raleigh Amphitheater on Friday where a concert was scheduled. Rescue workers said the key is preparing for the heat early by drinking plenty of fluids the day before.

At the Garner Police Leadership Academy, officers were letting rising high schoolers take no chances while running an obstacle and doing other outdoor activities.

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"The heat is oppressive, and your body can only deal with so much of it. And the ways that you have to deal with that are take breaks, don’t exert yourself too frequently, and stay hydrated," said Chris Clayton, with the Garner Police Department.

"I think people, young people especially or people who are generally in good shape, forget sometimes that those rules apply to them too," he added.

In Durham, runners braved the heat at the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational, a track meet held at Wallace Wade Stadium on Duke University's campus.

“My main concert is spectators and fans – the ones sitting in the stands. They may sit there and not hydrate themselves and drink water and those are the ones that pass out on us,” tournament director Frank Davis said.

Concert-goers brave the heat Doctors: No need to brave the heat

Fort Bragg was under a Category 5 heat advisory - the highest level - on Friday. Because of the advisory, intense training was reserved for cooler hours of the day.

In Hope Mills, the local library had to close on Friday due to a malfunctioning air conditioner. It is not clear when the library will be able to reopen.

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The heat wave won't get much better this weekend – and that brings more potential problems, Gardner said.

"We’ve got two, maybe three more days of this," she said. "Every consecutive day that we have this kind of heat, it becomes more and more dangerous. We see more and more people succumbing to heat-related injuries."

The mercury could jump to around 101 degrees both Saturday and Sunday, and high humidity will keep the heat index in dangerous levels. There's a small chance of a few late-day storms this weekend.


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  • oleguy Jul 23, 2010

    I worked outside in the sunn aaaaaaaallllllll day,
    The shade and breeze under a old pecan felt really nice. I dont remember when we got an AC unit maybee 1962... People born into AC just cant hang in hot weather

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 23, 2010

    I expect it to be until mid August before we see upper 80's. When the sun angle has come down enough, but as of right now get used to it ... it's summer time in NC. I think most in here probably complain when its icy or snowy here, so remember , this is why you live here !! So you don't have to shovel snow, just sit inside with your A/C all day !!

  • mondosinistro Jul 23, 2010

    Remember 2007? Unseasonably hot starting right about this time of year, and going for weeks. It hit 105--maybe 106 in some places. Kept staying on the warm side well into the fall. I remember the morning of 10/25--75 degrees at sunrise, in late October! But then it came a big storm and things finally cooled down.

    This year I hope the above-normal stuff turns out to be early on (as it has).

  • ckblackm Jul 23, 2010

    It's Global Cooling's Fault!

  • NotAgain Jul 23, 2010

    wildcat, we have more control than we let on. Take temperature readings in a field of clover in the country and then in the city and see if there is a difference.

  • wildcat Jul 23, 2010

    This is the one thing that man cannot control. I thank God for that.

  • weasleyes Jul 23, 2010

    We got rain for almost an hour in the Wendell-Zebulon area.

  • missparrothead Jul 23, 2010

    Its like a blizzard in July, babyyyyy! Stay inside.

  • Whatever Geez Jul 23, 2010

    This is not the first time it has gotten hot...its been hot all summer.

  • wolfpackgirl1289 Jul 23, 2010

    looks like that thunder cloud was a false call, sigh :(
    maybe the remnants of bonnie will come thru next week and bring relief, I am calling it!