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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.

Heat Wave Safety Checklist English

Heat Wave Safety Checklist Spanish