Heat Wave Building in Valley

HARRISONBURG (WHSV) -- Summer isn't quite here yet, but as temperatures crack the 90s, the dangerous heat is becoming a real concern.

From electricians to pets, those who are at risk in the Valley are trying to stay cool as the heat wave builds.

"Typically, for the heat, it's make sure you're hydrated. That's the biggest thing," explained Zach Nyce from the Harrisonburg Electric Commission.

He says this heat, coupled with afternoon thunderstorms every day, is keeping his crews on alert.

"Typically, it's pack everything in and wait it out. It's not that we don't like to work in the rain, it's just not as safe," continued Nyce.

The weather has people like Marci Smith with Happy Hounds on alert too, "We opened Happy Hounds in January. People can drop their dog off go to work and then pick their dog up and then they don't have to leave it at home all alone."

She says when she hears about dogs left in cars or out in the sun, it makes her sick.

"You make a quick stop. You think I'll only be a minute. The problem is a minute is a long time. On one of these hot days and George said there might be some storms, so you left your windows up. Just go out and get in your car for a minute and just sit there and see how miserable that is," Smith continued.

It's the danger that threatens these dogs that makes her say she's glad to provide shelter and water for these pups, and why workers like Nyce are pacing themselves as the sun beats down, "You see the guys sitting in the trucks, it's more along for their safety."

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