Friday concluded the third consevutive day of triple digit heat through eastern Carolina and Saturday could add to that total.
On Friday, the mercury in Kinston and Rocky Mount got to 102° and 101° in Goldsboro. Earlier Kenansville, Greenville, Richlands and Washington hit the century mark.
Add the humidity and it felt more like 111° in Rocky Mount and Washington, 110° in Kinston and Goldsboro.
The combination of temperatures of 95 to 100+ degrees and high humidity values will produce dangerous heat index values of 106 to
112+ degrees this afternoon.
Prolonged exposure or any strenuous activity may lead to heat related illnesses that require immediate medical attention. With little cooling this evening, accumulative heat impacts will produce increased stress on the body.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check in on relatives and neighbors.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule 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.
The intense heat will continue through the weekend, with Sunday's highs in the upper 90s. The heat index values will remain from 104-110+° through the weekend.
The heat should break a bit on Monday as a front nears the area, knocking the highs back to the low 90s, with a chance for some rain as well.