Heat Wave Hits as Wildfires Burn in Virginia

Heat index could reach 110 degrees through July 4

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012  |  Updated 1:25 PM EDT
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Heat Wave Hits as Wildfires Burn in Virginia

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The two large wildfires in Warren and Shenandoah counties won't get any easier to fight with the extreme heat expected in the region starting today.

After a brief respite this week -- and some downright cool mornings -- it looks like we're back in for several days of high temperatures, running through July 4.

Temperatures should hit the mid-90s today, getting closer to 100 degrees through the weekend. For Friday, an excessive heat watch has been announced. The combination of high heat and high humidity will make it feel more like 110 degrees, says Storm4 meteorologist Tom Kierein.

Tips for protecting yourself during the heat wave:

* Drink plenty of fluids.
* Stay indoors in an air-conditioned room whenever possible.
* Stay out of direct sunlight.
* Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.
* Check up on neighbors, particularly the elderly and sick.
* Wear light colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.
* Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
 

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