The weekend was forecast to be even hotter, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday highs estimated at 99 degrees. Even in shaded areas, the heat will feel like 105 degrees.
WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said to expect days in the high 90s and sultry nights cooling only into the mid 70s into next week. The extreme temperatures could last until June 15 or 16.
Fishel urged viewers to "play it safe" and not overexert themselves in this heat.
The state departments of Health 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 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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