Strand simmers under another heat advisory

Hot temps have been boiling the Grand Strand all week, and the weekend won’t be much different as heat indexes are still expected to be in the triple digits.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. issued yet another heat advisory for Friday after the Grand Strand and surrounding areas fell under one Thursday. The warning was issued Friday morning from noon to 5 p.m. and was then pushed to 6 p.m. later in the afternoon.

It includes Horry, Georgetown, and Brunswick County, N.C., along with some surrounding areas.

Actual temperatures Friday were forecast to be in the lower 90s; however, forecasters said heat indexes could climb as high as 109 with dewpoints in the mid 70s, according to a weather service briefing issued Friday morning.

“High heat and humidity will increase the risk for heat exhaustion and even heat stroke if precautionary measures are not taken,” weather authorities warned in the brief.

Forecasters recommend taking frequent breaks from the heat in the shade and air conditioning. They also recommend people stay hydrated.

On Saturday, the Grand Strand isn’t expected to get much of a break from the heat. Temperatures will be a little cooler both Saturday and Sunday, hovering in the upper 80s and low 90s inland. Carl Morgan, forecaster with the weather service, said it’s possible heat advisories could be issued over the weekend, but heat indexes would have to hit at least 105 degrees and be widespread before warnings are warranted, he said.

Morgan said that temperatures will still be dangerously hot even if heat advisories aren’t necessary and urged that people still take heat safety precautions.

Morgan said it’s possible a cool front could move into the area late next week, bringing a little bit of a cool down with it, but said it was too far out on Friday to determine how the unpredictable air will move.

While the weekend will be hot, it may also be wet, according to a briefing issued Friday morning by Mark Bacon, forecaster with the weather service.

He said showers could be widespread and heavy on Saturday, especially along the coast, but showers should lessen on Sunday. The same trend will likely last through Monday as a cold front stalling along I-95 weakens. There’s about a 30 percent chance of showers Monday, Bacon said.

“This trend should continue into Monday as the front weakens but enough cloud cover may linger to hinder eclipse viewing,” Bacon said in the briefing.