The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 11 AM to 8 PM EDT Wednesday. for South Central, Central and Eastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

Heat indices are expected to range from 103 to 107 degrees from late Wednesday morning into Wednesday evening.

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors, particularly those who are eldery and/or live alone.

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 light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

The heat is forecast to be with us through the rest of the week, with heat index values in the triple digits at least through Monday. You can click any of the images below to enlarge them:

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.