Dangerously high temperatures continue across all of southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina through the end of this week, the National Weather Service said. On Wednesday, Bryan County’s Heat Advisory was upgraded to an Excessive Heat Warning.
The warning remained in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday night and was expected to continue through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with heat indexes estimated to reach 115 degrees.
The Weather Service said that some locations closer to the coast, including Richmond Hill, could see heat indices briefly exceed 115 degrees, and heat indices were expected to be up to 110 degrees even at the beaches.
Residents of Bryan County are strongly advised for to:
- Drink plenty of fluids,
- Stay in air-conditioning and out of the sun,
- Check on relatives, neighbors, the elderly and small children,
- Never leave a child or pet in the car, even with the windows rolled down, and
- Provide pets plenty of fresh water and shade if they are outside.
Jan Bass, community development for the City of Richmond Hill, said there were not any fans or other help being provided for anyone in need. But, she said the community is generally aware of how hot Coastal Georgia can get in the summer.
“I think we’re pretty well prepared here in this area,” she said.
The Richmond Hill Fire Department also said they were not aware of any specific places that might provide help or refuge from the heat. Jim Anderson, EMS Directory for Bryan County, was unable to be reached for comment as of Wednesday.