Excessive Heat Warning Continues for Oklahoma City Until Saturday Evening (8/3/2011)

Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 10 PM CDT

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 10 PM CDT

* Daytime temperatures: 100 degrees by 10 am to noon. Highs
generally 105 to 113 degrees through Saturday. Areas north and
northwest may see lower temperatures, but also much greater
humidity. The effect will continue to be dangerous heat for
all of the Norman office forecast area.

* Nighttime temperatures: 85 to 95 degrees much of the night…
followed by only a brief dip around sunrise.

* Duration: most locations have seen highs above 90 degrees
every day for about 2 months… and highs above 100 degrees
every day for 1 to 5 weeks. The heat has already proven to be
deadly… and it takes an increasing toll with each hot day
that passes.

* Impacts: the risk of heat related illness is very high,
especially with temperatures exceeding 110 degrees over the next few days. Avoid or greatly reduce outdoor work, sports practices, and activities. Try to remain in an air conditioned environment and drink plenty of water.

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 9 1 1.


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