FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory in effect through 7 p.m. for 4 Lowcountry counties

VIDEO: Heat advisory in effect for 4 Lowcountry counties

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for four Lowcountry counties where heat indices will likely surpass 110 degrees Thursday.

The heat advisory will take effect at 10 a.m. and continue through 7 a.m. Thursday for Charleston, Berkeley, Williamsburg and Georgetown Counties. The advisory includes the communities of Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Kingstree, Andrews, Georgetown and Murrells Inlet.

Live 5 Meteorologist Danielle Prinz said heat index values could reach as high as 113 degrees.

The combination of high temperatures and high humidity could cause heat illnesses, prompting the Live 5 Weather team to declare Thursday and Friday First Alert Weather Days because of the potential danger.

People should drink plenty of fluids, stay inside an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sunshine and check on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Those who work or spend time outside during a heat advisory should take extra precautions:

  • When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
  • 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. A heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.

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