LAURINBURG — Scotland County was under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Monday, but forecasters do not see things cooling down today or any time soon.
According to the National Weather Service of Raleigh, heat index values could reach up to 110 degrees while the actual temperature highs will be in the mid-to-upper 90s. The heat index is the “real feel” measure of how hot it feels when humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.
The cities of Laurel Hill, Hamlet, and Rockingham, Aberdeen, Raeford and Fayetteville are included in the advisory that went into effect on Monday.
“These hot temperatures combined with the high humidity will produce heat index values near 105 degrees (Monday) afternoon. Being in direct sunlight will make it feel even hotter,” the weather service said.
The forecast shows no signs of temperatures droppinf for the remainder of the week.
“Hot and humid weather will continue through the remainder of the work week. Heat index values will peak each afternoon between 104 to 110 degrees,” according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to cool down a few degrees Saturday and Sunday
According to the heat advisory, due to the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity, heat illnesses are possible.
To reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses, outdoor work should be limited, but if necessary, frequent break in shaded or air conditioned areas and drinking plenty of fluids is recommended, according to AccuWeather.com meteorologist Paul Walker.
“Temperatures this high are pretty normal in the Laurinburg area,” Walker said. “With high humidity, a lot of sunshine and little breeze; the sweat you produce to cool yourself down will evaporate and make if feel even hotter.”
Residents are also urged to avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol, stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and do outside chores in the cooler hours of the early morning and evening.
The weather service also reminds drivers to never leave children or pets unattended in a closed vehicle. In only 10 minutes, temperatures inside a closed vehicle can surpass 120 degrees.
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