West U Area Under Heat Advisory For At Least Another Day

August 23, 2010

The new week has kicked off much as last week, and the week before, ended – under a severe heat advisory.

As it has almost daily for the past several weeks, the National Weather Service extended the ongoing heat advisory through 7 p.m. today as the West U area continues to bake under blistering temperatures combined with high humidity.

In what may so far be the most sweltering day of the current heat wave, today’s high is expected to exceed the century mark, hitting 101 by late afternoon.

The temperature coupled with continued high humidity will push the heat index to 110.

“Very warm conditions are expected to continue through Monday as an upper level ridge of high pressure remains parked over Texas,” the National Weather said.

The weather service also continued to caution those venturing outside during the heat of the day.

“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.

There is a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon hours.

Tomorrow is expected to be a repeat of today, with an afternoon high of 98 degrees and a heat index in the 105-107 range.

Tuesday will also have a 30 percent chance of an afternoon shower.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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