First heat wave of the year…

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (May 23, 2019) — It’s not even officially summer yet, but Caldwell County residents could really be feeling the heat beginning this Friday, May 24th – just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Computer forecast models are pointing toward high temperatures climbing into the low 90’s through late next week for us – from this Friday, May 24 through next Saturday, June 1.

Friday 5/24                91°/63°           0 in        Mostly sunny; hot                          79°/56°

Saturday 5/25            89°/64°           0 in        Mostly sunny; very warm              80°/56°

Sunday 5/26              93°/62°            0 in        Abundant sunshine                      80°/56°

Monday 5/27              93°/63°            0 in        Clouds and sun; very warm         80°/56°

Tuesday 5/28              92°/63°           0 in        Clouds and sun; very warm         80°/57°

Wednesday 5/29         92°/65°           0 in        Times of sun and clouds; hot       81°/57°

Thursday 5/30             91°/64°           0 in        A p.m. t-storm possible                81°/58°

Friday 5/31                  90°/64°            0 in       A thunderstorm possible              81°/58°

Saturday 6/1                91°/66°            0 in       Partly sunny; very warm              81°/58°

(Above forecast from AccuWeather.com) Average highs/lows indicated in far right column.

High pressure aloft will strengthen over the Southeast, diverting the jet stream to the north and minimizing any chance of a cold front passage.

The prolonged nature of this heat wave may make it life-threatening for some.

Minimize your time outdoors during the hottest times of day, typically from late morning through late afternoon. Drink plenty of liquids and wear light, loose-fitting clothing if you must be outside for longer periods of time.

Never leave a child or pet in a sealed vehicle for any length of time. In 2018, there were 52 heat-related deaths involving children left in vehicles unattended.

Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave and how to treat heat-related illness like heat exhaustion. Click on the links below for Heatwave Safety Checklists by the Red Cross in English and Spanish.

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