National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory For West U Area
The National Weather Service has once again issued a heat advisory for West University Place and most of the Houston region until 7 p.m.
The afternoon high is expected to reach the upper 90s, with peak heat index readings of 108 – 109 this afternoon.
Even after nightfall, forecasters say little relief is likely as temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 70s during the overnight hours.
As the heat continues, the weather service expects the heat advisory to be extended.
“The initial heat advisory is issued when a maximum heat index of 108 degrees or higher is forecast to occur on two consecutive days. The heat advisory is continued until heat indices are forecast to remain below 105 for an entire day,” the National Weather Service said.
The heat index is a measure of how hot it feels when the effects of humidity are combined with the temperature. A heat index of 105 degrees is considered the level where many people begin to experience extreme discomfort or physical stress.
The heat index is measured under shady conditions, and direct exposure to sunlight can increase that reading by as much as 15 degrees.
“Effects can be minimized by reducing outdoor activities, drinking plenty of water or non-alcoholic beverages and wearing light-colored clothing,” forecasters said. “If possible, spend time in air conditioned facilities.”
Pets can also succumb to the effects of excessive heat, the weather service warned, so pet owners need to make certain their animal companions have adequate drinking water and a shady place to rest.
Pets should never be left in cars with windows rolled up, even partially. Temperature inside a car can quickly reach 150 degrees, resulting in heat stroke and death.
Counties affected by the heat advisory include Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton.
Today’s forecast includes a 20 chance of an afternoon thunderstorm.
Tomorrow’s high is expected to again be at or near century mark with a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning, increasing to 30 during afternoon hours.