A heat wave featuring “dangerously hot” conditions is likely to begin later this week, forecasters say.
According to the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, the warming trend will begin Thursday, but the hottest and humid conditions will appear over the weekend and Monday.
“The combination of heat and humidity could yield afternoon heat indices around 100 degrees Friday and Saturday in the urban centers along Interstate 95. Afternoon heat indices in these same areas may reach 105 degrees on Sunday and Monday,” a National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook advises.
The latest forecast calls for highs in the upper 80s to low 90s Thursday, low to mid 90s Friday, and mid to upper 90s Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before retreating to the low 90s on Tuesday. Overnight lows will be in the lower 70s Thursday and middle to upper 70s Friday through Monday.
With high dewpoint readings, it will feel muggy and uncomfortable. These conditions are not unusual for July, when temperatures are typically the hottest.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Stay in an air-conditioned room.
Stay out of the sun.
Check up on relatives and neighbors.
Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing.
If you work or spend time outside, take extra precautions.