Hampton Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Heat Advisory
Statement as of 3:13 PM EDT on August 23, 2014

...Heat advisory remains in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening...

* locations...all of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia.

* Heat index values...up to around 110 degrees due to a combination of high temperatures ranging from the mid 90s along the immediate coast to around 100 inland and moderate levels of humidity.

* Impacts...the combined effects of heat and humidity could lead to heat illnesses if proper precautions are not taken.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

If you must be outdoors...drink plenty of fluids...wear light weight clothing and stay out of direct sunshine. In addition... know the signs of heat illnesses and be sure to check on those who are most susceptible to the heat such as Young children and the elderly. Never leave children and pets in a vehicle... especially with the windows rolled up since temperatures can be much higher inside the vehicle.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 9 1 1.

Record Report
Statement as of 1:45 am EDT on August 23, 2014

...Record high minimum temperature tied at North Charleston SC...

A record high minimum temperature of 79 degrees was tied at North Charleston yesterday...August 22. The old record was set in 1983.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 10:21 am EDT on August 23, 2014

...Heat safety tips...

Oppressive heat and humidity is expected across much of the region today.

Now is a good time to review some safety information on excessive heat. This information is provided by the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service.

Excessive heat and humidity will make for dangerous conditions if proper precautions are not taken.

If working outside...take frequent breaks and drink enough water to remain hydrated.

Wear lightweight...light colored clothing..a hat and use an umbrella.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high protein foods which increase metabolic heat.

Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous work...do it between 4 and 7 am.

Stay indoors when possible. If air conditioning is not available...stay on the lowest floor out of sunshine. Electric fans do not cool...they simply circulate air.

Check on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.

Never leave a child in a car...even for a few minutes.

Ensure pets have adequate fresh drinking water and a shady place to rest. Do not keep pets in cars with the windows rolled up...even partially. Temperatures inside cars can reach well over 150 degrees.

Know the signs of heat cramps...heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat cramps... heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe...they are an early signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.

Heat exhaustion... heat exhaustion typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot...humid place where bodily fluids are lost through heavy sweating. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated...the victim may suffer heat stroke. Signals of heat exhaustion include cool...moist...pale flushed or red skin. Heavy sweating. Headache. Nausea or vomiting. Dizziness and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.

Heat stroke... also known as sunstroke and is life threatening. The victims temperature control system...which produced sweat to cool the body...stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Signals include hot...red and dry skin. Changes in consciousness. Rapid...weak pulse and rapid...shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high...sometimes as high as 105 degrees.