LUMBERTON — If Robeson County residents can weather another weekend of stifling heat and humidity, there might be some relief next week from the daily near triple-digit temperatures.
“Is this the end of our current heat wave or just a brief reprieve?” The National Weather Service in Wilmington posted on Facebook Thursday, saying Monday could bring a “‘temporary’ change in the current weather pattern.”
Following a week of blazing heat, today’s forecast calls for a high of 96, with heat index values as high as 104. A heat index measures how hot it feels outside when humidity is taken into account.
Saturday’s forecast is calling for a high of 97 and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Again, the heat index is expected to reach 104.
Sunday will see a greater chance of thunderstorms — about 50 percent — and a high of 95.
Highs are expected to gradually decrease from there, with a high of 94 project for Monday, 91 for Tuesday and 90 for Wednesday.
The recent weather has prompted an increase in the number of people visiting Southeastern Regional Medical Center with heat-related symptoms. From July 11 to Tuesday, 21 patients visited the emergency department for heat-related illness and/or dehydration.
Anyone experiencing fever, confusion, increased heart rate, lack of sweating and faintness should lie down in a cool place, says Sonja Hilburn, director of emergency services at Southeastern Health. A person experiencing heat stroke should not be given fluids.