Keep cool, safe in the heat

Keep cool, safe in the heat
June 21
05:00 2018

Welcome to summer. Today is the first day, although some people checked out Winston Waterworks water park this week before the big day arrived.

Forecasters are warning of dangerous heat in North Carolina this week.

The National Weather Service said the heat is expected to run at least through Thursday, today.

Temperatures in the Triad are predicted to reach the mid-90s with a heat index close to 100.

Also, forecasters said high temperatures from Charlotte to Raleigh to Wilmington are expected to be in the upper 90s. But forecasters say including the effect of humidity, the heat index will range from 103 to 109 degrees every day.

The weather service said once the heat index tops 90, people are at much higher risk for sunstroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion if they have prolonged exposure to the heat.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency where the person’s body temperature reaches 106 degrees or higher. A person can become unconscious and needs emergency medical assistance. Heat stroke can be fatal.

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