Oklahoma City Continues Under Heat Advisories Through Tuesday (7/23/2011)


… Heat advisory now in effect until 10 PM CDT Tuesday…

The heat advisory is extended through Tuesday evening for all of western, central, and southern Oklahoma, and western North Texas. This includes in Oklahoma: Elk City, Woodward, Hollis, Mangum, Altus, Hobart, Clinton, Watonga, Weatherford, Fairview, Alva, Enid, Kingfisher, El Reno, Chickasha, Anadarko, Lawton, Duncan, Walters, Waurika, Ardmore, Pauls Valley, Sulphur, Purcell, Norman, Oklahoma City metro, Edmond, Guthrie, Perry, Ponca City, Stillwater, Chandler, Shawnee, Seminole, Ada, and Durant. In north Texas, Quanah, Archer City, Knox City, Vernon, and Wichita Falls.

* Heat index: Reaching 103-110 degrees each day. Temperatures in the day will reach 100-108. Little overnight relief, with low temperatures 75 to 84. Heat stress will be amplified by the persistent hot weather.

* Impacts: The risk of heat related illness will continue through at least early next week. Try to remain in an air conditioned environment and learn to recognize the signs of heat stress. Check on friends, family, and pets frequently.

* Precautionary/preparedness actions: Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or late evening hours. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight 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 immediately.

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