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Old 06-29-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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Hello! Our family had planned to head to Wrightsville Beach for the day tomorrow (Saturday) from Raleigh. I just checked the forecast though and it says temp of 98 with heat index of 115! We're wondering now if that's advisable with only a wimpy umbrella for shade. Opinions? Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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It really just depends on your age, the age of your kids, and if you're used to it. I grew up around here, so I wouldn't give it a second thought. However, I would be more concerned if I had an elderly person or baby with me. An umbrella isn't going to keep a big family in the shade. You'd be better off with a larger, pop up shelter (E-Z UP Custom Instant Shelters | International E-Z UP, Inc.). Either way, y'all don't forget the the sunscreen and enjoy your time down here.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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check the heat index at wrightsville beach , it will be different than in wilmington, believe it or not.

92 degrees is the forecast for wrigthsville beach, 100 for wilmington.

stay out of the sun from 11 to 2 , perhaps lunching or a movie, then head back to beach [ if you can find parking that is].
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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We use Intellicast for weather forecasts, and it's saying 98 with a heat index of 115 for Wrightsville Beach. Their hourly forecast shows a heat index of 102 by 10am, which is not long after we'd be arriving. We were really looking forward to a day at the beach, but I think we're going to have to postpone for a couple of weeks. Oh well. Thanks for the input!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Have fun at the beach, don't let the heat or heat index stop you. Just use plenty of sunscreen and apply it regulary and get a popup shelter.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I hear the water in the Ocean isn't nearly that hot. Jump in the water. Just watch out for Jaws. Ha ha...
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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When the heat index is between 90 F and 104 F sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible with prolonged exposure and physical activity.

When the index is between 105 F and 129 F sunstroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion is likely and heatstroke is possible.

Heat indices of 130 or higher will result in heatstroke or sunstroke quickly.

National Climatic Data Center
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