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Take precautions against heat ahead of Aiken Memorial Day Parade

Holly KempMay 27, 2019

Residents are reminded to be cautious as they venture out into the heat for the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Aiken this weekend.

Saturday’s parade will begin at 11 a.m. along Park Avenue and travel north along Laurens Street as temperature highs are expected to reach 98 degrees. The parade is expected to last about an hour.

A hazardous weather outlook for the Midlands and Central Savannah River Area – including Aiken – was released by the National Weather Service in Columbia on Friday.

“Prolonged fair and hot conditions are expected, with near daily record high temperatures possible Saturday through Wednesday. Maximum temperatures up to near 100, with heat index values up to 104, are expected,” according to the National Weather Service. “Please remain alert to the dangers of heat and prepare accordingly.”

According to the forecast for the Aiken area, the highs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be near 99 degrees.

Lows at night will be in the 70s.

Skies during the daytime will be sunny.

Tenia Morrison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, offered the following tips for dealing with the heat and intense sun:

• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

• Dress in lightweight and light-colored clothing.

• Wear a hat with a wide brim.

• Apply sunscreen regularly.

Morrison also recommended checking on the elderly, the sick and those living in homes without air-conditioning regularly.

Staff reporter Dede Biles contributed to this article.

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