Caution: Heat Advisory Today and Through the Week, July 24-27

posted Aug 1, 2012, 5:51 AM by Joy Davis

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for UNCW and surrounding areas from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 24. Temperatures will climb into the upper 90s or higher this afternoon. Combined with high humidity, these temps will produce heat index values from 105 to 109 degrees. As these conditions are expected to last for several days, caution is advised throughout the week. Excessive heat can be dangerous, with several days of it taking a cumulative toll on the body. 

Symptoms of heat-related illness include dehydration, exhaustion, dizziness, fever and fainting.
To reduce the chance of heat-related illness:

­  - Limit time outdoors

­   - Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours

­   - Monitor yourself and others for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

­   - Wear light weight, loose fitting clothing

­   - Drink plenty of water

­   - Schedule frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments if working outdoors in high heat


Anyone overcome by the heat should be immediately moved to a cool and shaded location. For more information about heat stress, visit For more information, contact Environmental Health & Safety at (910) 962-3057.