The National Weather Service is urging residents in eastern South Carolina to be careful. The agency issued a heat advisory Monday for 12 counties located near the coast, warning that the heat index (a combination of temperature and humidity) could be around 110 Monday afternoon.
The advisory warns the excessive heat will be in effect from midday until early evening. Forecasters say “oppressive” heat and humidity are creating a potentially dangerous situation.
The advisory is in effect in Allendale, Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Marion and Williamsburg counties.
The National Weather Service recommends wearing lightweight, light colored clothing to better reflect the sun’s energy than darker outfits. The weather service also cautions anyone spending much time outdoors to continuously drink water, and avoid alcohol and caffeine which can dehydrate the body.
Other recommendations include avoiding strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous work, do it during the coolest part of the day such as the morning or early evening.