Wheeling, W. VA (WTRF) – Summer like temperatures and high mugginess move into the area for the day on Wednesday. High temperatures are expected to push into the lower 90’s with dew points in the mid to lower 70’s.
A Heat Advisory is in effect for Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall County in West Virginia. As well as Jefferson, Harrison, and Belmont Counties in Ohio. A Heat Advisory means that; high heat and high humidity combined can make it feel as high as 105 degrees outside. An Excessive Heat Warning is in Effect for Wetzel and Tyler County in West Virginia. As well as Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe County in Ohio. An Excessive Heat Warning means that: High heat and high humidity can lead to dangerous heat index values making it feel as warm 108 degrees outside.
What to know in the heat:
Anytime dew point temperatures exceed 60 degrees, it is harder for your body to cool itself down or sweat. The additional moisture in the air does not allow the sweat to evaporate off your skin, since evaporation is a cooling process, we can’t cool as efficiently when its muggy outside.
Use the seven second rule to see if it is safe for pets to walk. If you cannot keep your hand on the pavement/asphalt for longer than seven seconds, then it is too hot for your pets.
Stay cool and take breaks if you are outdoors for an extended period of time. Make sure you stay hydrated, since it will be quicker for your body to become dehydrated.
Stay weather aware and prepared in the summer months, especially when it is going to be as warm as it will be the next few days.