An excessive heat warning has been issued for Moore County. The warning is in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday.

The warning issued by The National Weather Service in Raleigh went out Friday afternoon stating “the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will produce dangerously high heat index values through the next several days, with limited cooling at night.

The warnings are as follows:

*High Heat Index Values…As high as 105 to 113 on Saturday, due to high temperatures in the upper 90s and high humidity. Values around 105 are expected today.

* Timing…Heat Advisory today, then Excessive Heat Warning for Saturday and Saturday night. An Excessive Heat Watch remains in place for Sunday. The most dangerous times will be through 7 PM today, then all of the weekend. It will not cool below 80 over many areas until 4 or 5 in the morning.

* Impacts…Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken. The urban areas around the Triangle, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and other cities are more vulnerable in a heat wave as they are known as heat islands, as they will be the even hotter during the day and the last to cool at night.

The warning is also issued for several counties including Johnston, Scotland, Wilson, Hoke, Wake, Person, Vance, Granville, Cumberland, Sampson, Warren, Lee, Durham, Orange, Franklin, Halifax, Wayne, Chatham, Edgecombe, Harnett, and Nash.

“An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur,” said The National Weather Service in Raleigh. “The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.”

It is important to stay hydrated, stay in air-conditioning, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly.

If you must be outside, please limit activities to early morning hours or late evening hours and wear loose fitting clothing. Frequent breaks inside or in the shade are advised.

The warning is advising the public to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, and someone needs to call 911.


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