Weather

Cooler weather coming our way

Posted August 6, 2008 8:32 a.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2008 10:01 p.m. EDT

— High temperatures on Wednesday reached the mid-90s during the day and cooled down to the low-70s in the evening.

A cold front is expected to move through Thursday. The most likely place to see rain will be south of the Triangle, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. Temperatures are expected in the low-90s.

The heat didn't deter people from enjoying some outdoor activities at Raleigh's Pullen Park Wednesday. Some families took advantage of the sunny weather and hit the carousel.

Jackie Willaford said the weather couldn't deter her from taking her two grandchildren out for a day at the park before school starts.

By the weekend, temperatures should be in the 80s by day and 60s by night. Fishel said overnight lows could drop into the 50s.

Temperatures on Tuesday were warm but not near the record high of 100. High temperatures reached 94 degrees in the Triangle with a heat index of 95.

The high for that date was 100 in 1953.

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.