Sunday, November 27, 2022

Heat advisory issued for Historic Triangle

The horse-drawn carriage rides at Colonial Williamsburg have been cancelled due to the heat. (Sarah Fearing/WYDaily)

It’s blisteringly hot in the Historic Triangle, and with high temps in the high-90s, experts recommend you stay inside.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of central, southern and southeastern Virginia.  The advisory is in effect from noon to 8 p.m.

“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible,” stated a NWS press release.

The temperature could reach as high as 97 and the heat index as high as 106 Wednesday, according to the NWS forecast for Williamsburg.

The high temperatures will remain in the upper-90s through Friday.

To beat the heat, the NWS recommends drinking plenty of fluids, remaining indoors if possible and rescheduling strenuous activities.

For those working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises frequent breaks in the shade or indoors.

The heat has already taken its toll on the Historic Triangle. Colonial Williamsburg announced the 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. session of DIG!, the archaeology program for children, have been cancelled. Ox cart rides and carriage rides have also been cancelled, for the safety of the animals.

James City County issued a press release advising residents in need of a respite from the heat to head to county libraries and community centers.

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