Excessive heat warning in effect

The national weather service in Mount Holly has issued an excessive heat warning, which is in effect from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. EDT Monday.

* Heat index values will be 100 to 105 degrees on Sunday and 103 to 107 degrees on Monday due to temperatures in the middle to upper 90s and dew points in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Looking ahead, heat index values will likely exceed 100 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.

* Timing: the highest heat index values will occur from the late morning into the early evening.

* Impacts: the heat may be life threatening to the elderly and those in poor health, due to prolonged exposure without air conditioning, especially those in urban centers where low temperatures in the middle 70s will offer little relief. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.

When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during Warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and stay out of the sun.

And check up on relatives and neighbors.

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