Revised on: 06.22.2018 at 12:39 p.m.
Posted on: 06.20.2018 at 01:30 p.m.
By Jefferson Weaver
Dangerously high heat indices are hitting the region this week, as the last official week of spring gives way to summer with a vengeance.
Meteorologist Chris Cawley of Whiteville said 100-degree plus temperatures are possible here today (Wednesday), along with high humidity.
“It’s quite possible we’ll see a heat index of 110 on Wednesday, and 105 to 108 again Thursday,” he said. “That’s dangerous heat.”
“Excessive heat is the number one (environmental) killer in the United States,” Cawley said. “It’s more dangerous than tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, or bitter cold.”
One of the hot weather meccas of Columbus County, Lake Waccamaw State Park, stays busy during the summer, but park staff are expecting an influx of visitors this week. The park is already seeing the usual upsurge in summer visitors, but the heat – combined with the park’s day camp this week – will bring even more people out to visit.
The swimming area at the park is available at no cost, and the park is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. The swimming area is a short distance from the visitor’s center parking lot. Vending machines and restrooms are available at the visitor’s center. There are no life guards in the swimming area.