Dare County schools closed Tuesday

Heat Advisory in effect; take safety precautions

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.- Hot! Hot! Hot! Another day of hot temperatures which will continue into the weekend.

Eastern Virginia and Eastern North Carolina are in a heat advisory for Friday, meaning heat index of at least 105°F but less than 115°F for less than 3 hours per day, or nighttime lows above 80°F for 2 consecutive days.

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Health officials warn of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. To take action for your health drink more water and wear lightweight, light colored clothing.

It is also important to get out of the heat often to cool down your body. Air conditioned cars, shopping centers, cooling centers are all great places to escape the elements.

Here's where you can go to cool off in your area:

Norfolk:

  • Salvation Army Hope Center - 203 W. 19th Street, Norfolk (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • All public libraries offering cooling areas

Portsmouth:

  • Portsmouth Main Library - 601 Court St. (Noon – 6 p.m.)
  • Cradock Library - 28 Prospect Parkway (Noon - 5:30 p.m.)
  • Manor Library - 1401 Elmhurst Lane (Noon - 6 p.m.)
  • Churchland Library - 4934 High Street West (Noon - 8 p.m.)
  • Human Services Building - 1701 High Street (Noon – 5 p.m.)
  • City Hall Lobby - 801 Crawford Street (Noon – 5 p.m.)
  • Senior Station - 3500 Clifford Street (Noon – 4 p.m.)
  • Behavioral Healthcare Services Building - 1811 King Street (Noon - 8 p.m.)

Suffolk:

  • Suffolk Health and Human Services Building - 135 Hall Avenue (Open during business hours)
  • Suffolk City Hall - 442 West Washington Street
  • Morgan Memorial Library - 443 West Washington Street (Noon - 8 p.m.)
  • North Suffolk Library - 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road (Noon - 8 p.m.)
  • Chuckatuck Library - 5881 Godwin Boulevard (Noon - 8 p.m.)

Virginia Beach: 

  • All public libraries are open for anyone needing a break from the heat

Chesapeake: 

  • All city library branches are open today until 8:00 p.m. All city community centers are open today until 8:00 p.m. The facilities provide air conditioning, water, and drinking fountains; however, no additional special services are provided.

James City County:

  • James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road
  • Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland Street
  • James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
  • Abram Frink Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail

Pets need extra care in the heat as well. Susan Schoemaker, the owner of Puppy Struts, a dog walking business, has to be out in the heat for her job. She knows that she and her furry clients need to be cautious when walking around in hot temperatures.

"In the heat we cut our walks down real short for the dogs, explains Schoemaker. "They last between 10 minutes and 15 minutes, we call them potty walks. Then we take them inside and play with them because this heat it's not good for anybody."