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Caution urged as temps expected to hover above 100

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Adinne Freeman, 6, is shown through a cascade of water cooling off under a dunk bucket at the splash pad near Enfield Park in Elizabeth City, Monday afternoon. With temperatures expected to hover above 100 degrees this week, area splash pads should be busy.

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From staff reports

Monday, June 18, 2018

Weather and health officials are urging caution as temperatures hovering near 100 degrees are expected throughout the week.

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Virginia, issued a hazardous weather outlook Monday morning warning of very hot weather throughout northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia this week.

Heat index values, or temperatures factoring in humidity, are expected to top 100 degrees this week — and reach 105 degrees in some areas today and Wednesday.

The heat also prompted the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to advise people to limit their activity outdoors, if possible. Those unable to limit their outdoor activity should increase their fluid intake and take frequent breaks in cool or air-conditioned places, DHHS officials said.

The advisory also warned motorists to never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, warning that temperatures in vehicles on hot days can reach a “lethal level in a matter of minutes.”

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders also provided tips on Monday for coping with the heat. She advised people to wear lightweight, light-colored clothing while outdoors, and to drink water or other non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids.

Pets need protection from the heat too, said Kim Parrish, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Northeastern NC. Pets ideally should be brought indoors during extreme heat, but at minimum they should have shade and water.

Saunders also recommended pet owners to be mindful of walking their pets on hot pavement, which can burn their paws.

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