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Dog days come early
103 degrees possible Saturday; heat advisory in effect
Heat photo
Joey Motes of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department spray paints the rubber on a pitcher's mound Thursday afternoon. Motes was busy on one of the hottest days of the year making fields pristine for baseball games. Temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees the next few days. - photo by Jake Hallman/special
     If you've never fried an egg on a sidewalk, Saturday may be your chance to try.  Today's forecast is hot — around 101 degrees — but Saturday, temperatures may reach 103 degrees Fahrenheit and the heat index could approach 110 degrees, experts said.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Pete Mohlin, speaking from the NWS Charleston office, said chance of rainfall over the weekend are slim to none, but the temperatures will be sizzling.
    A heat advisory is in effect from noon today until 8 p.m., and the heat index could reach anywhere between 105 and 110 degrees, he said. The heat index is how hot weather feels, due to a combination of humidity and actual  temperature.
    Temperatures are expected to remain above 100 degrees through Sunday, then return to "normal" —  mid to high 90's, he said.
    The National Weather Service Web site ( predicted the high today to be 101 degrees; Saturday's high to be 103 degrees, and Sunday to be 101 degrees as well. The weekend will be sunny, hot and clear.
    Mohlin said more rainfall may move into the area next week.
    Severe thunderstorms rocked the area early Thursday morning and were expected to return late Thursday night and early  this morning. Bulloch County 911 Director Kelly Barnard said while severe storms moved through the area throughout the night, no serious damage was reported.
    Electricity service was briefly interrupted in some areas and some citizens reported telephone and cable service affected by lightning strikes.
    Mohlin reminded citizens to stay cool if possible; out of the sun, and drink as much water as possible to remain hydrated. He suggested wearing light-colored clothing and checking on the younger, elderly or ill to make sure they were safe.
    He also reminded people to remember pets, make sure they had access to cool water and shade, and be kept indoors if possible.
    "Don't leave your pet or your child in the car" during hot weather, he said. " It can reach 150 degrees or hotter."

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