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Heat advisories continue, residents coping
The thermometer on the sign of Bryan Bank and Trust on Hwy. 17 says its 102 degrees outside, but the National Weather Service says it feels more like 114. Heat advisories for the Savannah area, including all of Bryan County, have been in effect all week and will continue through Friday. - photo by Photo by Lori Wynn
Heat advisories in Bryan County have been in effect for the better part of a week, and the oppressive temperatures aren’t likely to ease up before the weekend.
But despite the dangerously hot and steamy weather, residents in Bryan County appear to be faring as best they can.
Bryan County Emergency Services director Jim Anderson said emergency medical services across the county haven’t seen an increase in calls due to the heat wave.
“We’ve had some calls for people in respiratory distress that may have been heat-related, but we’ve had no request for cooling stations,” Anderson said Tuesday.
While the chances of heat-related emergency calls could increase if the heat wave is prolonged, he said, they typically haven’t been an issue in Bryan County.
“Pretty much everybody copes, and neighbors help neighbors,” Anderson said.
Though residents of south Georgia might be used to such warm weather, it’s a good idea to exercise care – especially when temperatures and heat indices are topping 100 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service in Charleston, S.C., daytime highs through Friday will hover in the mid- to upper-90s, with the heat index reaching 105-110.
So far this week, heat advisories have been in effect daily until 8 p.m. However, any thunderstorms or cloud cover may help cool things off and change advisory times.
A heat advisory means that a period of very hot temperatures can be expected. The combination of heat and humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Residents and visitors are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sunshine,check up on the elderly and stay in an air-conditioned location if possible.

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