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Great Falls High School football players take a water break during practice Monday in Great Falls.
Great Falls High School football players take a water break during practice Monday in Great Falls.

Temps to be at or near 100 the rest of the week

The hottest temperatures in more than two years are expected today, according to the National Weather Service.

A high temperature of 100 degrees is forecasted today for the area, and there's no sign of a cool down until next week, said NWS meteorologist John Tomko. Temperatures will remain in the upper 90s until the weekend, he said. It will be the first time temperatures have reached 100 degrees in York County since July 27, 2005, according to the NWS.

"It's gonna be hot," Tomko understated. "This is the big heat wave of the year."

Tomko said the NWS has issued a heat advisory for York, Chester, Lancaster counties and several other Piedmont counties from noon until 8 p.m. today. He said the heat index -- how hot it feels to the average person -- will reach 105. The advisory means weather conditions create the risk for heat-related illnesses including heat stroke, exhaustion and dehydration.

"Stay in a cool place, check on elderly relatives and drink lots of water," Tomko warned.

The hot weather is joined by dangerous ozone levels in the Charlotte area, Tomko said. While ozone levels in South Carolina remain moderate, elevated Code Orange levels in the Charlotte metro area mean air quality conditions will approach or exceed healthy levels for the next few days, Tomko said.

TOP TEMPS

- 111: record high temperature in South Carolina, June 28, 1954, in Camden.

- 104: the hottest day on record in York County, Sept. 6, 1954.

- 103: recorded multiple times in York County, most recently Aug. 23, 1983

*Source: National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center

THE SKINNY ON HEAT STROKE*

- Heat stroke, the most serious health problem associated with working in a hot environment, occurs when the body's internal cooling system fails.

- Victim's skin is usually hot, dry, red or spotted.

- Body temperature is usually above 105 degrees.

- Victim may be mentally confused or suffer from convulsions or unconsciousness.

- Immediate first aid includes moving victim to cool area, soaking clothing with cool water and fanning the body.

- Without further treatment at a hospital, heat stroke victims could face permanent brain damage or death.

HEAT EXHAUSTION*

- May resemble early symptoms of heat stroke.

- Caused by large loss of fluids through sweating.

- A victim will still sweat but experiences extreme fatigue, nausea, headache or vomiting.

- Skin is clammy, complexion is pale, and body temperature is only slightly elevated.

- To remedy, drink plenty of fluids and rest in a cool place.

HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS PREVENTION*

- Postpone nonessential tasks to the coolest parts of the day.

- Open windows, turn on fans and use other methods of creating airflow

- Take plenty of breaks in a cooler environment.

- Drink lots of water. Workers in extreme heat conditions should drink five to seven ounces of water for every 20 minutes of heat exposure.

*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control.

DID YOU KNOW?

- The average worker can sweat up to three gallons during the workday during a heat wave, according to the CDC.

No A/C? Here's some cool (and affordable) ways to beat the heat:

- Go see a movie.

- Take a trip to the mall.

- Spend the hottest part of the day at a friend or relative's home with air conditioning.

WATER CONSERVATION

The City of Rock Hill Utilities on Monday lifted the mandatory water restrictions in place since last week, but residents still are asked to cut back voluntarily. With little rainfall predicted this week, utility officials are reminding customers to water lawns sparingly and to reduce car washing and other non-essential tasks.

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