Heat Advisory Extended For Tuesday, Heat Index Again In 105-110 Range

August 17, 2010

The National Weather Service has issued yet another heat advisory for the West U area, this time through 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Blistering temperatures combined with high humidity levels will once again push the heat index to the 105-110 range across the entire West U region.

The afternoon high is expected to officially reach 97, but many places could easily hit the century mark.

The weather service reminded those outside during the heat of the day to take precautions.

“If you plan to be outside, avoid prolonged exposure or strenuous physical activity. Your body can lose up to a gallon of water an hour through perspiration,” forecasters said.

Those outdoors should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can increase the rate of water loss in the body, which, in turn, can increase the risk of heat exhaustion or stroke.

People outside should wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat.

The weather service also reminded residents to not leave children or pets in cars.

“Heat kills. Children and pets should never left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes,” the weather service said.

The forecast for Wednesday will bring much of the same, with expected highs in the upper-90s and a heat index reaching 110. The heat advisory will likely be extended through Wednesday.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain this afternoon.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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