Relief from the heat on the way

Posted August 3, 2008 10:14 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2008 11:16 p.m. EDT

— Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to reach into the upper 90s before a cold front moves through the area Thursday.

There will be a chance of rain Wednesday afternoon and evening. The front will be passing through the area Thursday, Meteorologist Greg Fishel said

By the weekend, Fishel said, "We'll have 80s by day, 60s by night and life will be worth living again."

Wake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recommends that people limit outdoor exertion during the heat wave. If you must be active in the heat, take these precautions:

  • Have plenty of fluids available to drink
  • Drink fluids prior to being active
  • Take frequent planned breaks to drink more fluids
  • Wear loose, light colored clothing
  • Plan activities for early morning or evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day

Dr. Allen Mask suggests people avoid physical activities outdoors during the hottest part of the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The heat can especially be taxing on children under 4-year-old and adults over 65-year-old.

Mask suggests wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen when going outdoors.

The following are symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Faint feeling
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Cramping

People suffering from these symptoms are urged to move to a cool, air conditioned area and drink water. Cool water applied to skin is also recommended. If a person begins convulsing, call 911, Mask said.

Temperatures on Tuesday were warm but not near the record high of 100, Fishel said.

High temperatures reached 94 degrees in the Triangle with a heat index of 95. The high for this date was 100 in 1953.

Lows overnight were expected in the 70s with a slight chance of rain, Fisher said.