Charleston heat cancels some carriage tours

Heat advisory in effect for Charleston area

UPDATE: Some carriage tours have been canceled because of the heat.

The city mandates horses come off the streets when the mercury hits 98 degrees.

The policy kicked in for about 20 minutes at 2 p.m., but tours were allowed to resume as the termperature dropped slightly. Some carriage companies had already put the animals back in the stalls for the afternoon.

Animal Control, Code Enforcement and Tourism continue to monitor the temperature downtown.

It’s already hot today in Charleston, and it’s going to get hotter.

Temperatures will rise into the high 90s, with humidity making it feel like 105 away from the beach, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 6 p.m. Those working outdoors are advised to drink plenty of fluids, wear light clothing and try to avoid direct sunshine. Don’t leave children or pets inside a car, especially with the windows rolled up. Check on the elderly.

Tuesday won’t be any cooler. Tuesday’s high should also be near 96, with a heat index around 103 in Charleston.

The mercury will remain in the mid-90s Wednesday, with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

Thursday and Friday will be only slightly cooler, with high around 93 each day.

The record heat wave for this time of year was in 1981, when the high was 98 June 15, 100 June 16 and 101 June 17, according to the weather service’s records.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.