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BREAKING NEWS: Heat advisory imposed until 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Henry County-Martinsville until 7 p.m. today because temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees.
Today’s high temperature is forecast to be 101 degrees. Heat index values — reflecting how the heat actually feels to a person’s body — of as much as 109 degrees are expected.
The hottest temperatures are expected between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. today, the forecast showed.
According to the weather service, a heat advisory means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels — dewpoints in the lower 70s are anticipated — could cause heat-related illnesses, a statement showed.
Meteorologists recommend that people stay out of the sun, preferably inside air-conditioned rooms, and wear light, loose-fitting clothes and drink plenty of water to keep from becoming dehydrated.
Anyone who has to work outdoors should take plenty of rest breaks inside a cool building, or at least in the shade outdoors, the weather service said.
People who start to feel sick due to the heat should immediately call 911, the weather service added.