Excessive heat warning in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday

The national weather service in Mount Holly has issued an excessive heat warning, which is in effect until 7:00 p.m. Saturday.

Heat index values will be around 100 into early this evening, and again on Saturday afternoon.

Temperatures highs today and Saturday will be near 90 degrees. Lows tonight in the middle and upper 70s.

The heat and humidity will create a hazard for those who spend an extended amount of time out of doors during the heat of the day. Also, the heat and humidity may cause problems for the elderly, especially for those who do not have access to air conditioning.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or late evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water.

To reduce your risk while working outdoors, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in a shaded or air conditioned environment. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot and humid conditions will occur. The combination of heat and humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned location, stay out of the sun, and check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle under any circumstance. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when a car's interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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