Heat Advisory upgraded to include all of eastern Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Heat index values of 103 to 107 degrees are expected this afternoon, leading to a heat advisory for all Eastern Carolina counties.

The National Weather Service issued the heat advisory for all counties
in eastern Carolina from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday.

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levles will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

High heat recommendations:
-drink plenty of fluids
-stay in an air-conditioned room
-stay out of the sun
-check up on relatives and neighbors
-keep pets inside if possible

People who work or spend time outside should take extra precautions today, including rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.