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Local Law Enforcement Agencies Warn of Extreme Heat

17 July 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Local law enforcement agencies are warning the public of extreme heat hitting the region for the rest of this week.

The Warren, Frederick, and Page County Sheriff’s Offices along with the Strasburg Police Department all issued warnings about the coming heat wave. Forecasts show temperatures peaking today, then rising again for a second peak Friday (7/19/2019) into Saturday (7/20/2019). Heat index values across the state will be between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit during this time, with Winchester showing a forecasted max heat index of 105 on Friday and Saturday. Law enforcement is reminding citizens to stay cool and hydrated, and to recognize the signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative is asking for help from its member-owners, as energy use is expected to peak over the next few days. It suggests keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees during peak hours, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and avoiding the use of hot water until after 6 p.m.

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