Sunday will be hot

Posted June 26, 2010 10:09 p.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2010 3:17 p.m. EDT

— Sunday will be hot with a high temperature around 99 degrees and a small chance for rain. With temperatures approaching triple digits, heat indexes will make it feel even hotter outside.

"It could feel up to 107 degrees at times," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

At the Carolina RailHawks game Saturday evening, some fans hoped for cooler weather.

“We were hoping the later start might make it a little cooler, but we're not so sure,” Carolina RailHawks fan Ricky Secor said.

Some fans tried to beat the heat by watching the game from shady spots.

“Well, it's better than being in direct sunlight, that's for sure. It's probably a good five to 10 degrees cooler,” Carolina RailHawks fan Jim Poulin said.

Ettrick Coley kept busy selling lemonade to the thirsty and heat-stricken.

“It's not bad. It’s not the hottest night. It’s just good for sales,” Coley said.

If you must be outside, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends drinking plenty of non-alcoholic, sugar-free fluids to stay hydrated.

Everyone is at risk of heat-related injuries, but infants and children younger than 4, as well as people over 65, those who are excessively overweight and physically ill are most susceptible:

Other recommendations for avoiding heat-related injuries:

  • Don't stay inside a vehicle, and don't leave children or pets – even for a few minutes. Interiors heat up quickly.
  • Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • If exercising outdoors, drink two to four glasses of water each hour to help replace salt and minerals in the body that are lost in sweat.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, and use sunscreen of SPF 15, or higher, 30 minutes prior to being outside.
  • Check on older neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Limit outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours if you have to be outside. Have plenty of water on-hand when working in the heat.

Heat cramps, signaled by abdominal, arm and leg cramps, are the first sign of heat injury.

Heat exhaustion, a milder form of heat-related illness, can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate replacement of fluids.

Warning signs include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness, headaches, cool and moist skin, a fast pulse rate and fast and shallow breathing.

Heat stroke, which can cause injury or death if not treated, occurs when the body's temperature rises rapidly, sweating mechanisms fail and the body can't cool.

Body temperature might rise to 106 degrees or higher rapidly, within 10 to 15 minutes. Warning signs include red, hot, dry skin with no sweating; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness.