Meteorologists warn ENC residents of heat impacts on seniors, children

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The ENC has several days of triple-digit heat indexes expected in the coming week, which can be especially dangerous for certain groups of people.

Meteorologists are sounding the alarm on our first heat wave of the year. It’s a reminder to keep not only your own safety – but also the safety of others – in mind.

The CDC says over the next few days, be sure to check in on our most vulnerable populations — children and senior citizens.

Edmund Guthrie says he takes the necessary precautions when he goes outoors to stay safe.

“Well, I have plenty of water to drink, make sure I wear a hat and if I get feeling a little hot or something I will quit and come back in,” says Guthrie.

According to the WITN Weather Team — Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday are first alert weather days due to heat. They say those three days have the best chance of temperatures near 97 or a heat index near 105.

Carrie Paschall says there are simple ways that parents like herself can protect kids from the elements.

“Definitely come with lots of water and dress your kids cool, I’ve seen so many children here in long sleeves and sweaters that it’s concerning,” says Paschall.

An infrared gun clocked the temperature of the equipment at a playground in Greenville at 140 degrees. According to the American Burn Association. third-degree burns are possible in as little as five seconds.

Children are at a significant risk during periods of extreme heat according to the CDC– their bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults, which can lead to dangerous situations.

Guthrie says everyone should take the weather forecast seriously.

“You know as you get older you think you can still keep up with the young people but you can’t. So you need to do all the things that you can from keep from getting too hot,” says Guthrie.

According to the National Institute on Aging, seniors citizens with high blood pressure are at an even greater risk outdoors –as their medicine may make it harder for the body to cool itself.

First responders say parents and caregivers should never leave children in parked cars, even for a few minutes.