Triple-digit heat is here and caution is advised.
Summer arrived last Thursday and, while a week late, its oppressive heat arrives today.
The temperatures begin to climb today, with a high of 94 degrees forecast. By Friday, the century mark will be broken for the first time if the forecast high of 100 is reached.
But that’s not the worst of it.
On Saturday, the high is forecast at 101 degrees before climbing again on Sunday, when 102 degrees is forecast. The temps stay above the century mark, at 100, on Monday before slipping back into the 90s.
The high temperatures are forecast at 99 degrees on Tuesday and 95 on both Wednesday and Thursday before slipping back below the 90-degree mark on Friday when 89 is the forecast high.
The best chance for precipitation comes next Friday, when there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.
With the hot weather, persons are reminded to drink plenty of fluids and to remain hydrated. Any outside work should be done earlier in the day when the temperatures have not yet begun to rise.
When meteorologists use terms like "extreme heat" or "excessive heat," they mean more than just discomfort from hot weather. What they describe is a level of high temperatures and high humidity that is potentially dangerous, one from which people should seek relief as soon as possible.
What meteorologists call the heat index is a number in degrees Fahrenheit that indicates how hot it actually feels outside, when relative humidity is added to the air temperature. When the air temperature outside is 90 degrees, it may actually feel more like 95 degrees or even hotter, depending on how humid conditions are in your area.
Because heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions, exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15 degrees.
Motorist should never leave children or pets in a parked vehicle when it is hot as a 90-degree air temperature can soar to more than 130 degrees in a matter of minutes. Add any measurable humidity and the number grows again.
Extreme caution should be exercise when the temperature falls into the range of 95 to 105 degrees and persons could experience possible heat cramps and/or heat exhaustion with prolonged exposure.
The Center for Disease Control offers the following tips:
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Replace salt and minerals
• Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen
• Schedule outdoor activities
• Pace yourself
• Stay cool indoors
• Use a buddy system
• Monitor those at high risk
• Adjust to the environment
• Do not leave children or pets in cars
• Use common sense
Triple-digit heat is here and caution is advised.
Nathan Sherrod (left) and his twin brother Melvin, of Tarboro, enjoy a carnival ride Saturday afternoon at the Happening on the Common. Abrams Rentals provided the rides.
HAPPENING ON THE COMMON
Tarboro’s Town Common was clearly the center of activity in town Saturday, with cars lining the streets surrounding the common, music that could be heard from blocks away, and a sea of people navigating their way through the vendors’ tables under a canopy of trees. The occasion was the 43rd Annual Happening on the Common.
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After executing a search warrant Thursday on a residence at 500 W. Johnston St. in Tarboro, police officers arrested two suspects for possessing a small amount of marijuana and issued a third suspect a citation for possessing a glass pipe to smoke the drugs.
After the marijuana was found, officers notified two of the three suspects that they also had additional warrants on them from the department's "Spring Fling" drug campaign where they had sold marijuana to undercover officers.
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Tony Everett, of Wake Forest, backs his Chevrolet truck named DoeRunner up as he prepares to pull in the four wheel drive event Friday night.
PINETOPS – With the threat of rain during the weekend, it put a little damper on the Pinetops 300 Tractor and Truck Pull attendance. Friday night there was a large crowd in attendance, but not the amount it has been the last several years. There was 500 less people in attendance Friday then there was a year ago, but it didn't stop the pullers from slinging mud everywhere. The fans in one section even had a chance to see what it looked like when a belt breaks on a fine tuned machine. During the Mini Modified run, Thomas Coleman, of Stoneville, had a belt break on his KB 526 Pure Hell ride and the belt slung into the crowd. No one was injured.
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My 13 years have been lucky
It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
- My 13 years have been lucky
Brittney Joyce Corbett and Kenneth Robert Chasse, Jr. were united in marriage on April 6th, 2013, at 5:30pm at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount. The Rev. Carrol Bradbury officiated the ceremony.
The Rehearsal Dinner was hosted by Shirley and Donald Foreman, Grandparents of the Groom and also Elisha and Kenneth Chasse, Parents of the Groom, at Pizza Inn in Rocky Mount.
The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Durwood Corbett of Macclesfield, NC. The Groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robert Leonel Chasse, Sr. of Pinetops, NC.
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Dixon new manager of volunteer services
Vidant Edgecombe Hospital is pleased to welcome Amy Dixon as the new Manager of Volunteer Services.
Originally from Edgecombe County, Dixon graduated from Hobgood Academy and moved on to Peace College and East Carolina University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 2003. Prior to coming to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, she served as Director of Admissions at the Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro for seven years.
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