Residents feeling the heat in Hampton Roads

Posted at 9:07 PM, Jul 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-18 23:08:21-04

No matter who you asked, people in Hampton Roads were feeling the heat.

And it's no wonder a heat advisory was in effect for parts of the area.

Tasha Miller was visiting Buckroe Beach with family and friends from Richmond lathering up, getting ready for the summer sizzle.

So was Ross Humphreys, a Hampton Roads native.

But the heat is something he's grown up with.

“Virginia naturally has a lot of humidity. It's a hot state, so you know, we're used to it,” says Humphreys.

It was hot. In fact, a thermometer was reading temperatures in the 100s in the direct sunlight. But in the shade, it was about 10 to 12 degrees cooler, along with a breeze.

This summer has been hot and humid in our area, but why a heat advisory now?

Well, it's a matter of criteria.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield issues a heat advisory when the heat index, or what it feels like, is at least 105 degrees, but less than 115, for about 3 hours per day.

A few areas have had a heat index of 105 this summer, but this time, it's over a much larger area, something we haven't seen so far this year.

But people took it all in, some in the shade, while others baked in the sun.


Is it hot enough to bake cookies and melt Popsicles?