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Heat index of 110 and higher expected this weekend

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Excessive heat warning in effect Saturday and Sunday

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an excessive heat warning, which will be in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Heat index values may reach between 110 to 115 degrees with temperatures higher than 100 degrees.

The hottest temperatures and most extreme heat index values will occur in the middle to late afternoon hours each day. The overall highest values will likely occur on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s throughout the early part of next week.

NWS warns that temperatures can quickly exceed 150 degrees in a closed vehicle exposed to direct sunlight, even with the windows open. Never leave children or pets unattended.

Heat of this magnitude can overwhelm the body’s ability to keep cool, which can trigger dangerous heat- related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Use precaution

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. 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 clothes when possible and drink plenty of water.

When working outside, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. For emergencies, call 911.