RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A Heat Advisory will be in effect today for most of central, eastern and northern Virginia between Noon and 6 p.m. The Heat Advisory for parts of Northern Virginia lasts an extra hour until 7 p.m.
After a string of increasingly hot and humid days this week under a dome of high pressure parked over the eastern U.S., today will likely be our hottest day of the heat wave. This afternoon, you can expect thermometer highs in the mid to upper 90s, and heat index values in the range of 103-110 degrees. This means that for hours this afternoon, your body will have a tremendously difficult time keeping a safe body temperature outdoors. The UV Index is also Very High today, with the most intense UV rays occurring between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Here are some important heat safety tips for you today:
Closely monitor your kids and pets today, and check on your neighbors and especially the elderly and anyone who lives alone. People with preexisting health conditions should remain indoors today to limit heat stress on the body. Never leave anyone, including pets, in vehicles today, even if you crack the car windows!
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