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‘Dangerously hot’ weekend ahead: Here’s your Memorial Day weekend forecast

Courtney Nichols from Chicago enjoys one of the fruity drinks you can buy during Atlantic Beach Bikefest that’s poured into a hollowed out pineapple.
Courtney Nichols from Chicago enjoys one of the fruity drinks you can buy during Atlantic Beach Bikefest that’s poured into a hollowed out pineapple. hstrong@thesunnews.com

Get your sunscreen and plenty of water — Memorial Day weekend is going to be a “dangerously hot” one, the National Weather Service in Wilmington reports.

As motorcyclists roll in for Atlantic Beach Bikefest, the forecast shows high temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s in the Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach areas, bringing mostly clear and sunny days through Monday. Temperatures in the inland areas, including Conway, could see highs up to 97 degrees, the NWS reports.

High temperatures will reach just above 90 degrees on Memorial Day along the Grand Strand, followed by temperatures in the low 70s Monday night, according to the NWS.

The weather service issued a Twitter statement Wednesday, warning people to prepare for the heat.

“Take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those you are responsible for BEFORE the heat arrives,” the Twitter post reads.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says heat is especially dangerous after it lingers for more than one day, and hot days and warm nights give enough time for bodies to cool down.

Heat safety tips from NOAA:

  • Check on family, friends and neighbors during heat waves
  • Wear light and loose fitting clothes
  • Drink water often, and do not wait until you are thirsty
  • Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a place without air conditioning
  • Stay in air conditioned areas because “air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness”
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The Sun News Reporter Hannah Strong is passionate about making the world better through what she reports and writes. Strong, who is a Pawleys Island native, is quick to jump on breaking news, profiles stories about people in the community and obituaries. Strong has won four S.C. Press Association first-place awards, including one for enterprise reporting after riding along with police during a homicide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Winthrop University.
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