Tulsa and Fort Smith Remain Under Excessive Heat Warnings Through Friday (7/17/2011)


… Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 PM CDT Friday…

An excessive heat warning is in effect for the following counties:

* in Oklahoma: Creek… Okfuskee… Okmulgee… Tulsa… Rogers… Pittsburg… Wagoner… Choctaw… Washington… Osage… Pawnee… Sequoyah… McIntosh… Muskogee… Le Flore and Haskell.

* In Arkansas: Crawford… Sebastian and Franklin.

Hazardous weather: High pressure aloft will remain anchored over the Central Plains 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 degree range and high temperatures in the 100-107 range. In addition, overnight lows will remain very warm (78-85) and will provide little to no relief from the heat. Coupled that with very isolated rain chances as well, with most areas staying dry through the period, as well.

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, OSHA (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 9-1-1 immediately!

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

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