Temperatures are heating up

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The National Weather Service is warning residents of the Carolinas that a two-day heat wave could push temperatures near triple digits.

The weather service issued a heat warning Monday for parts of central and eastern North Carolina.

Some people in our area headed to the beach in efforts to beat the heat, and others just stayed indoors.

With temperatures in the mid 90s and heat indexes in the triple digit range, health officials remind people the need to take proper precautions, such as limiting outdoor activity and drinking plenty of water.

"It [the heat] keeps a lot of them from coming out in the afternoon," said Anthony Klutz with the Kure Beach Pier.  "They'll come out in the morning or the late evening and try to stay out of the sun a little bit, but there are still a few people out there trying there luck."

According to the American Red Cross, excessive heat has caused more deaths than any other weather event, including floods.

Young children, elderly, and those that are sick or overweight are more likely to become victims of a heat wave.

The American Red Cross offers the following tips on how to be prepared for a heat wave:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even when you do not feel thirsty.
  • Wear lose fitting, lightweight, and light colored clothing.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise.
  • Check on family members, friends, neighbors, children and pets frequently to ensure that they are not affected by the heat.

Three symptoms can occur when an individual's body is affected by the extreme heat.  If an individual shows any signs of the following symptoms, immediate care is needed.

  1. Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen caused by exposure of high heat and humidity and loss of fluids and electrolytes.
  2. Heat exhaustion involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during extreme exercise or physical labor in high heat or humidity. Signs of heat exhaustion include: cool, moist, pale skin; heavy sweaty; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness and exhaustion. When any of these signs occur, move the individual to a cooler place. Remove any tight clothing, and place cool, wet towels to the skin. If they lose consciousness, refuse water, or vomit call 9-1-1.
  3. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition in which a person' temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself. Signs of a heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 and then move the individual to a cooler place and perform the same steps as you would for heat exhaustion.

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