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Whew: It's a hot one

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Parked on Poindexter Street, Justin Seaton, with U.S. Foods, delivers an order to Cypress Creek Grill, Monday afternoon. For Seaton and others whose work forced them out into the sun, Monday was a sweaty, hot day. Although temps may not be as high, the heat is expected to continue for the next several days.

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

One word could best describe the Elizabeth City area on Monday: Stifling.

Mike Rusnak, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia, said the Harbor of Hospitality has been stuck in a hot weather pattern recently due to a nearly stationary high pressure system off the Delmarva Peninsula.

On Monday, the area was under a heat advisory. The temperature locally as of mid-afternoon reached 92, but factoring in the heat index values, the temperature felt like 104 degrees.

Rusnak said conditions today are going to cool down just a bit, with the high to be approximately 90 and the heat index to probably be in the mid-to-upper 90s. He said the low will reach approximately 75 in the evening.

For the daytime hours on the Fourth of July, Rusnak said, conditions will be much the same, with the highs to be in the upper 80s to nearly 90 and the heat index to be in the mid-to-upper 90s.

Rusnak said daytime highs will be nearly 90 on Thursday and Friday and in the upper 80s to nearly 90 on Saturday.

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services Director Jerry Newell said his agency hadn’t had any calls as of Monday afternoon from people needing help due to the hot weather.

Newell said, based on the call volume to Central Communications, people are heeding the warnings to avoid going out.

Newell said he's receiving first-hand information about conditions outside from son Robert, who has been digging up and sorting potatoes for Pendleton Farms in the Weeksville community in southern Pasquotank County.

"He comes home a little grumpy sometimes," Newell said with a chuckle on Monday afternoon.

At the same time, the father said, "I know my son's boss is encouraging hydration."

Local Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders said she believes residents and workers are trying to stay hydrated.

As for advice she'd offer residents, Saunders said don't go out and do something requiring extersion or stress in the daylight hours.

"If you have to be out in it, then wear light color clothes, loose clothes, a hat," she said. "Everything that you possibly can to stay cool, do."

She also advised residents to keep an eye on children and check on the elderly.

"But, if you can possibly not be out in the heat, then that's the best thing," she said.

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