The heat is on for the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Heat index values between 95 to 100 are expected today. Temperatures are predicted to be a little higher in Accomack County than in Northampton County.

During extreme heat, never leave toddlers, pets or the elderly in cars. Check on the elderly and those who live alone. If you work outside, be sure to drink plenty of water, rest frequently, and avoid strenuous work during the hottest parts of the day. Know the symptoms of heat related illnesses.

Strong thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening. A few of these storms may reach severe limits with the main threat being damaging winds. Luckily, these storms will bring a break to the hot weather and much more comfortable temperatures are forecast for the Eastern Shore for the rest of the week.