HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — A heat advisory has been issued for Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina.
The advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and then again Saturday.
The dangerous heat caused organizers of a free football camp at Norfolk State University to rearrange the schedule. The “VA’s UpNext” program featured on and off field training from local NFL athletes Kam Chancellor and Eli Harold and others, coaches and representatives from Hampton Roads high schools and universities.
“We’re going to scale things down a little bit because of the index, but they’re going to get a little work in also,” Chancellor said.
Organizers limited time outside to 45 minutes and put a campus tour on hold. Trainers were nearby too.
“I always say playing in this heat right here gets you ready for anything. That’s why I come home and train every time, you know, this humidity gets me ready for going back to Seattle. When I get back there, it’s nothing breathing there and training,” Chancellor said.
At Town Point Park in Norfolk, kids on the splash pad didn’t seem to mind being outside.
“Just trying to stay cool. We went inside Waterside today, got some cupcakes, cooled off in the air conditioning and then came on out here for all the boys to run around the splash pad,” said Jackie Hollowwa, who visited with her family.
Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Ashley Baylor says Thursday was the start of a five-day run of sizzling conditions. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 90s through next Monday with little chance for showers to cool things down.
With that in mind, it will be important to take extra precautions to stay cool.
The Red Cross issues annual tips during for cooling off in such scorching conditions — including staying hydrated, staying indoors, avoiding strenuous exercise and not leaving children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are possible on extremely hot days. You can find more information on what to look for with heat-related illnesses on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Authorities say you should call 911 you suspect that yourself or someone your are with is suffering from a heat-related illness.
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