Cooling centers open across Triangle as dangerous heat sets in

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Cities, towns and counties are helping people stay cool during the heat wave that has descended over the Triangle.

Temperatures soared over the region yesterday with RDU topping out at 99 degress, which just missed the record of 100 from 2002.

An excessive heat warning and heat advisory was issued at noon Tuesday but then cancelled by 3 p.m. because cloud cover in the region helped keep temperatures lower than expected. Still temperatures were dangerously hot topping out near 100 degrees.

The previous record heat on June 14 in Raleigh happened in 1944 when RDU recorded a temperature of 97 degrees.

To keep as many people as cool as possible Wake County opened up cooling stations. Starting at 10:00 a.m. people can head to the Wake County Human Services building on Swinburne Street. The Eastern Regional Center in Zebulon, the Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest or the Southern Regional Center in Fuquay-Varina will also be open.

People who can't make it to one of these cooling centers are advised to visit local libraries to stay cool.

Last summer, hospitals in North Carolina dealt with more than 3,000 heat-related emergencies.

Be sure to avoid strenuous activity outside. Make sure you are wearing loose-fitting and light-colored clothing. Never leave young children and pets in vehicles under any circumstances. Also make sure you are staying hydrated as much as possible throughout the day.
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