Hot temperatures expected through the weekend

After a period of relatively cooler temperatures with thunderstorms and showers, the National Weather Service expects a return to summer this weekend, in a big way.

High temperatures are expected in the middle 90s in the Havelock area with even hotter temperatures inland beginning on Friday, according to the weather service office in Newport.

A strong thunderstorm moved through the area on Saturday night, and more rain fell on Tuesday, but little chance of rain is in the forecast through the weekend, and temperatures are expected to climb.

Friday’s high temperature is expected to be 94 in Havelock, followed with a predicted 94-degree high on Saturday. Sunday’s high offers one degree of relief. The weather service expects the thermometer to hit 93.

Along with the hot daytime temperatures, residents should not expect any significant relief during the night. So-called low temperatures are expected to be either 78 or 79 degrees over the weekend.

Combined with the humidity, the heat index is expected to top more than 100 degrees and could reach advisory levels of 105 to 110 over the weekend. A heat index of 103 degrees is considered a high risk level for possible heat-related stress and illness, and residents are advised to use caution, avoid the middle of the afternoon when temperatures are at their highest and to drink plenty of water.

Signs of heat-related illness include dizziness, weakness, headache, nausea and vomiting, and muscle cramps. A person exhibiting such signs should be taken inside to an air-conditioned room and given water to drink. Fans, ice towels and cool showers or baths can also be used.

The weather service does expect some relief from the hot temperatures by the middle of next week when the chance for rain and thunderstorms increases.