Greenville community stays cool during heat advisory

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Sunday was a First Alert Weather day as dangerous temperatures could be seen across the east and many in the community tried their best to stay cool.

“Whenever we were first trying to come out here we looked and were like it’s hot,” Wilmington resident Hinton Cox said.

The alert was issued as afternoon temperatures reached the 90s with humidity making it feel like triple digits at times.

“We’re seeing these temperatures earlier than we usually are for this time of year,” WITN First Alert Forecaster Dustin Staples said. “Usually, we see the 90s like this typically late July to early August, where this year we’re seeing an extensive early stretch of it.”

Due to the heat moving in, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for most of eastern North Carolina until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Despite the heat warnings, some people like Cox decided to brave the conditions, as he says the temperatures don’t bother him.

“I played sports growing up so I’m used to the heat and long summers and I take care of my body so that kinda helps out too,” Cox said.

Others passed on a day in the sun and took the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the pool at Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center.

“The pool is refreshing and my son is autistic so it’s therapeutic for him and it cools him off also,” Greenville resident Gloria McGraw said.

Experts say no matter how you decide to stay cool, heat exhaustion can still happen quickly if you don’t take precautions. By being hydrated and taking breaks from the sun, you can safely enjoy your summer.

Other important reminders during this heat wave are not to leave kids or anyone else in cars, pace yourself while out in the sun, wear sunscreen, and watch out for your pets.