Excessive Heat Warning In Effect Until Thursday Evening for Oklahoma City (8/1/2011)

Excessive heat warning in effect until 10 PM CDT Thursday…

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued an excessive heat warning, which is in effect until 10 PM CDT Thursday.

* The ongoing heat wave continues to pose the threat of causing heat related illnesses and possibly death. Don’t become a victim of the heat.

* Heat index: Reaching 110 degrees in the afternoon. The morning lows will provide little relief as low temperatures range from the upper 70s to mid 80s. The heat stress will be amplified by the persistent hot weather.

* Impacts: the risk of heat related illness will continue through at least late 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.

* 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 and 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 9 1 1.


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