This week a broad ridge of high pressure will remain firmly entrenched over the southern Plains, and the weather will be very hot. In early August, average highs are in the middle to upper 90s...while average lows are in the lower 70s.
This Week... afternoon highs are forecast well above normal, with readings between 100 and 108 degrees. Overnight lows will fall only to the middle or upper 70s...and lows of 80 degrees are likely in urban areas. With a lack of widesrpead rainfall in recent weeks, the humidity has dropped, and this will tend to keep afternoon heat index values near or just below the air temperature. That is good news, because your body is better able to cope with hot weather when the air is dry.
Still, the stress of a heat wave often builds with time.
The longer the hot weather persists, the more likely it is that you will experience some form of heat stress. This is especially true for people with other health problems and those who do not have consistent access to air conditioning. Even perfectly healthy people often get into trouble when they push themselves too hard, such as when mowing the lawn.
It is best to perform strenuous outdoor activity in the early morning or late evening, while also remembering to take breaks and drink water.
Here are some important tips for remaining healthy through the summer:
Heat Safety Tips
Did You Know ?
Records compiled by NOAA and the National Weather Service show that in the past ten years, Heat Waves killed more people annually than any other weather related hazard.
Keep up to date with the National Weather Service forecasts by clicking here and check back often for any updates and changes. More information on heat safety, including the signs for heat-related illnesses and the heat index can be found by clicking here.