CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Weather Service declared a heat advisory for all of southeast South Carolina and Georgia on Thursday, in effect from noon until 7 p.m.
High temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s near the 100 mark, but the humidity will likely push heat index values into the 105-110 degree range, forecasters say.
Experts warn high temperatures and humidity could lead to heat illnesses if proper precautions are not taken. Those precautions include checking on those who are most susceptible to heat, the young and the elderly. Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle since temperatures can increase quickly inside.
For those who work outside, 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, shaded location. A heat stroke is an emergency and anyone believed to be suffering one should receive immediate medical attention.