Heat index to reach 110 degrees

A heat advisory is in effect today as the humidity is expected to push the heat index up to 110 degrees in the Augusta area.


Today's advisory is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday's heat index was five to 10 degrees lower locally, according to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

To combat the heat, experts recommend drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air-conditioned locales and checking on relatives and neighbors.

Those who work or spend time outside are advised to reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening.

Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver said road patrol deputies typically get a break on their uniform requirements during extreme heat.

"We let them try to stay as cool as we can," he said.

The high Monday was 95 degrees. Temperatures will soar into the upper 90s, approaching 100, through midweek. Meteorologists are predicting at least a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight, with the chances increasing every night throughout the remainder of the week.

Temperatures will dip into the lower 90s on Thursday. The cooling trend will continue Friday, with a chance the mercury won't push past 90.

While the temperatures probably won't break records in the low 100s, this week's heat is above normal, meteorologist Jim Kilmer said.

Augusta crew finds ways to stay cool
Heat Shelters

Richmond County

-Carrie J. Mays Center, 1014 11th Ave., (706) 821-2827
-Bernie Ward Center, 1941 Lumpkin Road, (706)790-0588
-Blythe Center, 3129 Highway 88, Blythe, (706)592-4988
-Henry H. Brigham Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road, (706) 771-2654
-May Park, 622 Fourth St., (706) 724-0504
-McBean Center, 1155 Hephzibah-McBean Road, (706) 560-2628
-Sand Hills Center, 2540 Wheeler Road, (706) 842-1912
-W.T. Johnson Center, 1606 Hunter St., (706) 821-2866
-Warren Road Center, 300 Warren Road, (706) 860-2833

Columbia County

-Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown, (706) 556-0308
-Patriot's Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown, (706) 868-3458
-Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, (706) 896-0888
-Eubank Blanchard Community Center, 6868 Cobbham Road, Appling, (706) 868-3349
-Laurel & Hardy Museum, 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem, (706) 556-0043
-Harlem Senior Center, 405 W. Church St., Harlem, (706) 449-8400
-Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown, (706) 860-7691


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