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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The heat wave gripping much of the country over the last few days arrives on our doorstep today.

Temperatures will climb to near 100 degrees across the area this afternoon – especially away from the coast. Extremely high humidity will make matters worse. The Heat Index – or how it “feels” outside – will reach anywhere from 105 to 109 this afternoon; dangerously high levels.

Heat related illnesses such as dehydration, fever, exhaustion, as well as dizziness and fainting will be possible after physical activity outside today.

Stay inside in air conditioning when possible, but if you need to be outside, make sure to wear light weight, and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.

The heat will be just as bad heading into Wednesday, with more heat advisories likely.

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  • OtherGuest

    Does this mean we need to use the drive up window at McDonald’s?
    What if my car isn’t air-conditioned, should I just stay at home and starve?
    How did they survive in the olden days?
    Is this the end of the world?

  • ohmy

    I think you need to get in the shade as quick as possible!

  • Guest2012

    Your post was great!

    When I read the story, I thought, “hmmm, I guess I could have used the heat index as a reason for not cutting the grass, not spreading 100 bales of pine straw, not transplanting 2 bushes, and not getting a 60 minute bike ride in this morning.”

    Instead, I decided to use it as an excuse to avoid weeding.

    Blame me?

  • Guest7969

    I HOPE nobody forgot to bring in all the raccoons, possums, deer, foxes, etc…how in the world will they survive!?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …and there’s nothing “dangerous” about it at all.

    We are a nation of pansies…


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