...EXCESSIVE HEAT AND HUMIDITY ON FRIDAY...
.HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE REGION FRIDAY BRINGING SOME
OF THE HOTTEST AIR OF THE SEASON. HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO
UPPER 90S WILL COMBINE WITH HIGH HUMIDITY TO RESULT IN HEAT INDEX
VALUES OF AROUND 105 DEGREES OR SLIGHTLY HIGHER FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A HEAT
ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES...105 TO 108 DEGREES.
* TIMING...FRIDAY AFTERNOON ESPECIALLY BETWEEN 2 AND 5 PM.
* IMPACTS...PROLONGED EXPOSURE OR ANY STRENUOUS ACTIVITY MAY LEAD
TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL
* LOCATIONS...PARTS OF THE PIEDMONT AND FOOTHILLS.
* HAZARDS...HIGH HEAT INDICES.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS HIGH HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO COMBINE
WITH HOT TEMPERATURES TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 105 DEGREES OR
GREATER. THIS COMBINATION WILL INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HEAT
ILLNESSES. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED
ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...CHECK ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS...
AND PROVIDE SHADE AND FRESH WATER FOR OUTDOOR ANIMALS.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS...IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE. WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE
AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY
HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE
IS AN EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1.
As he recounted some of the lessons he'd learned during his extended athletic career, Brookville softball coach Gary Ferguson looked out on the Boonsboro Country Club banquet hall Thursday night and offered a piece of wisdom to guests. "Hard work pays off," he said.
More than two dozen high school athletes sprinkled throughout the room Thursday epitomize the lesson, and as a result were honored as part of The News & Advance's second annual High School Athletic Awards.
In front of about 150 people Thursday, the newspaper bestowed 31 awards during the banquet, celebrating athletes and coaches for their accomplishments during the 2018-19 school year.
Among them was Megan Knight, the all-area girls tennis player of the year, pausing above to take a photo in front of a wall of posters distributed to all of the night's honorees.
In addition to recognizing all-area athletes of the year for each sport, The News & Advance honored eight individuals with "Impact Awards," given to standout athletes and coaches for their achievements and character during the year.
Guests also enjoyed a dinner and heard from two speakers, including Ferguson, The News & Advance's "Hometown Hero," and Bill Roth, the longtime voice of the Virginia Tech Hokies and a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
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