Heat Advisory Extended Yet Again, Heat Index To Reach 105-107 Range

August 18, 2010

Another day, another heat advisory for the West U area.

The National Weather Service has extended its heat advisory through 7 p.m. today as the entire region continues to bake under blistering temperatures combined with high humidity.

This afternoon’s high is expected to reach the mid-90s with a heat index of 105-107.

Some areas could experience temporary relief from an isolated thunderstorm.

As it has done almost daily for the past several weeks, 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 Thursday is almost identical, with expected highs in the mid-90s and a heat index reaching 105. The heat advisory will likely be extended once again.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain this afternoon, climbing to a 40 percent chance on Thursday.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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