Triple-digit heat index: Avoid heat-related injuries and illness

Posted July 28, 2021 2:29 p.m. EDT
Updated July 29, 2021 6:30 a.m. EDT

— The Triangle is preparing for a stretch with a heat index in triple digits. With temperatures feeling over 100 degrees, people are looking for relief from the heat.

While many people may opt to stay indoors, here are some tips for people heading out to parks and other outdoor activities.

  1. Staying hydrated is a no-brainer. Bring a bottle of water with you when you're outdoors.
  2. Take advantage of parks with a lot of shade, like Pullen Park.
  3. Bring some high quality sunscreen
  4. Avoid going outside during the warmest part of the day - try going to parks in the morning
  5. If you need to get the kids outside, try a water park

Families were trickling into Pullen Park as early as 9 a.m. to beat the heat on Wednesday.

Mary Jernigan, who lives in Clayton, was spending the day at Pullen Park with her kids. Her kids can play in the shade and eat Locopops, which are sold at the park, to stay cool.

"We also go to Knightdale Park. They’ve got a water park," she said.

Wake County is opening temporary cooling stations for those who don’t have a way to seek relief.

Heat index values over the next two days will reach triple digits.

"Thursday specifically will be another sizzling-hot day with highs in the mid 90s and heat index values climbing between 100 and 105," Kat Campbell said. "There is a small chance of a storm, mainly tomorrow evening and night."

"If you're working outside, make sure you stay well hydrated," Mike Maze added.

Campbell says our next cold front will drop in from the north Friday and bring a threat of isolated severe storms. There is a level 1 risk in our eastern counties Friday.

"Friday is still hot with highs in the mid 90s and even more dangerous heat index values of 105-110," Campbell said. "This may warrant a heat advisory which would be our first of the year."

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