The Ocracoke surf offers respite from the blazing summer heat. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Sweltering heat and humidity will continue up and down the East Coast today as a heat advisory is in effect today for eastern North Carolina from noon until 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings in effect today from North Carolina on up the Northeast I-95 corridor where heat indices of 105 to 110 degrees are expected.

Weather Underground forecasts a high of 90 degrees on Ocracoke today and a low of 82 with a heat index of up to 109 degrees.

The NWS says the stifling heat and humidity will stick around for one more day in the Northeast.

A cold front sweeping through the Northeast late Monday will usher slightly cooler and less humid conditions

across the region, but the front is forecast to stall over the northern Mid-Atlantic, keeping hazy, hot, and humid conditions around into Tuesday from the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat-related illnesses.

Those outside are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Know the sings and symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency.

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