The boiling heat pushing up the mercury Saturday prompted weather officials to issue a heat advisory through the evening.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. has issued the heat advisory for Horry, Georgetown, and Brunswick County, N.C., and it’s in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday, according to a briefing.
Heat indexes are expected to peak at 106 in some places with temperatures reaching 93 to 97, with the most stifling heat anticipated in the mid to late afternoon.
The high heat and humidity will increase the risk for heat stress and heat-related illnesses.
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“Please use common sense when exposed to the heat this afternoon. Never leave unattended children or pets in a closed up vehicle, temperatures inside could rise to fatal 120+ degree readings in minutes,” the weather service briefing states.
Weather authorities recommend limiting outdoor work and taking frequent breaks from the heat in the shade or air conditioning.
Officials also advise outdoor pets and livestock have shelter and fresh drinking water.