CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The heat that has hung heavy over parts of the Midwest this week was pushing into the Mountain State for what was expected to be a hot and humid weekend, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists said a combination of heat and humidity would make it feel like it was more than 100 degrees at times through the Mid-Ohio Valley and West Virginia’s lowlands.
Isolated afternoon thunderstorms were also a possibility.
In Marshall County and Wetzel County, a Heat Advisory was posted from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday when heat index values were expected to near 100 degrees due to temperatures in the lower 90s and dewpoints in the lower 70s.
The heat index is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with air temperature.
In the following counties, Heat Advisories were posted from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday: Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer.
Meteorologists said head index values in those counties could get up to 103 degrees.
An NWS Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity could potentially create situations in which heat illnesses are possible, meteorologists said.
The advice from emergency officials was to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned spaces if possible, avoid the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.
To reduce heat risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommended scheduling frequent rest breaks.
Additional advisories for heat were expected again Sunday in parts of West Virginia.
Somewhat cooler weather was in the forecast for early next week.