Oklahoma City Remains Under Heat Advisory Through Saturday; Tulsa & Fort Smith Under Excessive Heat Warnings (7/14/2011)


Heat advisory remains in effect until 9 PM CDT Saturday for most of western and central Oklahoma including Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Shawnee, Stillwater, Ponca City, Durant, Enid, El Reno, Lawton, Duncan, Waurika, Altus, Hollis, Hobart, Elk City, Watonga and Woodward. An excessive heat warning is in effect for eastern Oklahoma and portions of northern and western Arkansas through 9 pm Sunday, which includes in Oklahoma: Tulsa, Bartlesville, Miami, Muskogee, Sallisaw, Okemah, Okmulgee, Sapulpa, McAlester, Poteau, Broken Bow, Idabel, Hugo and Atoka. In Arkansas: Fort Smith and Booneville.

For OKC and surrounding areas: A heat advisory remains in effect until 9 PM CDT Saturday.

* Heat index: reaching 103 to 109 degrees each day. Little overnight relief with low temperatures 75 to 83.
* Impacts: the risk of heat related illnesses continues and may increase with each hot day and night that passes especially for those without air conditioning. Check on friends, family and pets.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and 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 byheat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

For Tulsa, McAlester, Fort Smith and surrounding areas: Excessive heat warning now in effect until 9 PM CDT Sunday. Also, an excessive heat watch now in effect from Sunday evening through Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has adjusted the timing of the excessive heat warning and it is now in effect until 9 PM CDT Sunday and has adjusted the timing of the excessive heat watch and it is now in effect from Sunday evening through Thursday evening…

For the following counties: In Oklahoma: Creek… Okfuskee… Okmulgee… Tulsa… Rogers… Pittsburg… Sequoyah… Wagoner… Choctaw… McIntosh… Muskogee… Le Flore and Haskell. In Arkansas… Crawford… Sebastian and Franklin.

Hazardous weather: Heat indices are in the 105 to 110 range this afternoon. An upper ridge is expected to build over the Plains by this weekend and will persist into next week. This will bring an extended period of excessive heat with afternoon heat indices in the 105 to 110 range. In addition… overnight lows will remain very warm at night and will provide little to no relief from the heat.

Impacts: The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and 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 an emergency. Call 911.

* Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio… commercial radio or television for the latest information concerning this weather event.

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