Midlands under Heat Advisory for second straight day
Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:07:03 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- Another day of dangerous heat in much of South Carolina. Monday temperatures in Columbia topped out at 101 degrees. The SkyWACH weather team is forecasting the same for Tuesday. The heat index is expected to range from 105 to 110.
With the extreme heat sticking around The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued heat advisories for 28 of South Carolina's 46 counties. The warning is in effect from noon until 8 p.m.
Forecasters say the dangerous conditions will be in effect on the east side of a line stretching from Darlington to Aiken counties.
Many locations have flirted with triple digits in May and June, but this is the first time we may see three consecutive days with heat index values in the upper 100s. That means the temperature may be 100, but to your body it could feel like 108 degrees. Forecasters say heat index values of 105 are expected across the region and could go as high as 112 in some areas.
"I can't emphasize enough how dangerous heat can be," says SkyWACH Weather Anchor Justin Kier. "It seems like every year we tragically report the death of a child or beloved family pet that should have been prevented."
For more ways to help protect yourself in the heat, check out the Department of Health and Environmental Control's extreme heat tips.
Relief won't come to the Midlands until later this week when storms enter the picture.
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