Day 2 of Heat Wave Bears Down on the Region

By: Steve Eschleman Email
By: Steve Eschleman Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- According to WSAZ Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick, we're in day 2 of a heat wave which should break this weekend.

"This heatwave in the short term will last through the early part of the weekend and, like next week, it won't be nearly as hot as it is now."

Both Charleston and Huntington were above 90 degrees on Tuesday and are expected to rise above it tomorrow. Gordon Merry with Cabell EMS says city heat is more oppressive.

"In the city it's obviously a little warmer than in the rural areas," Merry said. "Our problem is primarily in the city. Because of all the concrete and buildings, the temperature is much higher."

Even Dreamland Pool is feeling the heat of huge crowds, which cause them to put more life guards on duty, Devon Selbee says.

"We do have four life guards, but the last couple days we've been bringing in five and even six to keep an eye on everybody."

Also remember to keep an eye on your elderly neighbors and pets. They're often the most vulnerable during severe heat or cold. Also remember city missions are an oasis if you have nowhere else to go when the temperature flirts with 100 degrees.

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