Weather Service: West U Area to See High Temps and Heat Index Values Through Midweek
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for the West U area today as a strong upper-level ridge of high pressure will result in very hot temperatures.
The extreme heat is expected to continue through midweek.
Afternoon highs are expected to top out in the lower 100s, while heat index values are expected to reach the 105 – 110 degree range.
A heat advisory may be issued later today.
Residents are strongly advised to take extra precautions if working or spending time outside for the next several days. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or mid- to late-evening hours.
Those outdoors should know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and make sure you and the pets drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency and requires immediate care.
Each year, a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to children accidentally being left in vehicles during the summer months. In the past dozen years or so, 500 children have died due to hyperthermia after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle – not even for a minute.