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Serious Heat Could Soon Break Records

Tuesday the high will reach 102, nowhere near the record of 109 set back in 1980

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    Serious Heat Could Soon Break Records

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for parts of North Texas. With temperatures this high, there is an increased risk for heat related illnesses. But are these temperatures record breaking? Not yet, but maybe this weekend. (Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018)

    Have you seen the 10-day forecast? The highs will be in the triple-digits for several days!

    The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for many counties of North Texas, including of Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin, Parker, Wise, Ellis, Hood and Johnson until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    With temperatures this high, there is an increased risk for heat-related illnesses.

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    Are these temperatures record breaking? No, not even close

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    The high on Tuesday will reach 102, nowhere near the record of 109 set back in 1980. On Wednesday, the high is even higher, but it is still nowhere near the record of 110.

    However, this weekend the North Texas heat could break records.

    Friday, we are forecasting a high of 106. If that happens that would break the old record of 106. This weekend, high temperatures will be near record levels. Looking ahead into next week, we see no break from the triple-digit heat.

    Just for fun I looked up the record low for Tuesday -- it is 65, set back in 1900.

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    Heat Advisory Precautions
     
    With such oppressive heat in the forecast, North Texans are reminded to check on their friends and loved ones with health problems as they may be among the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
     
    As always, never leave young children or pets unattended in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short amount of time, as temperatures can quickly rise to threatening levels.
     
    Pets should not be left unattended outdoors for more than a few minutes.
     
    Water is the cornerstone to staying safe this week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said it's important to start drinking before becoming thirsty and if you know you're going to be out in the heat, begin drinking water the night before.
     
    Officials recommend staying indoors, but anyone who must be outside should drink a cup of water about every 20 minutes and wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
     
    Symptoms of Heat Stroke: CDC
     
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of heat stroke include hot, dry skin or profuse sweating; hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness and slurred speech.
     
    Take the following steps to treat a worker with heat stroke: Call 911 and notify their supervisor. Move the sick worker to a cool shaded area. Cool the worker using methods such as: Soaking their clothes with water. Spraying, sponging, or showering them with water. Fanning their body.

     
    Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion: CDC
     
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, extreme weakness or fatigue, dizziness and confusion, nausea, clammy or moist skin, pale or flushed complexion, muscle cramps, slightly elevated body temperature and fast or shallow breathing.
     
    Treat a worker suffering from heat exhaustion with the following: Have them rest in a cool, shaded or air-conditioned area. Have them drink plenty of water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Have them take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
     
     
    Dos and Don'ts in Extreme Heat
     

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