(07/23/2016)
A major heat wave is headed to the region.

HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 103 It is the Mountain State's first summer heat spell, with heat index about 103 degrees Saturday afternoon.

Nick Webb, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Charleston, said that the heat index, which measures the real-feel of the temperature, is expected to rise above 100 degrees and temperatures will likely fluctuate in the mid to low 90s.

The high temperatures could last into the beginning of next week, Webb said, tapering off sometime Monday or Tuesday. This is the first official heat wave of the summer, he said. Heat waves are characterized by three or more days of 90 degree or higher temperatures.

It's suggested that all outdoor activities be limited, Webb said, and that anyone outside for a prolonged period of time find ways to stay cool and hydrated. Special attention should be given to the elderly, and outdoor pets should be brought inside.

There is a possibility that the heat wave may be broken by Saturday showers, but Webb said residents shouldn't count on it.


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