The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a heat advisory Wednesday for several of West Virginia’s western and southwestern counties. Authorities urge people to drink fluids, stay cool and avoid the sun.
The advisory will last until 7:00 p.m. on Wed., July 10, for parts of West Virginia, northeastern Kentucky and a few Ohio counties.
With temperatures in the lower 90s and high humidity, the National Weather Service said it anticipates heat index values of up to 101 degrees.
The weather service issues heat advisories whenever it expects hot temperatures could lead to heat-related illnesses. That includes heat stroke. Authorities say people experiencing heat stroke should call 911. Higher body temperatures, headaches, nausea, increased heart rate and breathing are all symptoms of heat stroke.
West Virginia’s Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt and Calhoun counties are covered by the advisory.
Charleston opened cooling centers Wednesday to provide relief from high temperatures. They’re open until 7:00 p.m. at the Kanawha City Community Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, North Charleston Community Center and Roosevelt Neighborhood Center.