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Heat advisories issued for area

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In case you’re wondering, it’s not your imagination — the temperature really has felt warmer than the thermometer has been showing, enough so that weather forecasters are issuing hazardous weather outlooks because of the heat.

The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth today issued heat advisories for North Texas extending into Thursday, but weather conditions indicate the heat wave will continue through the weekend, and possibly beyond.

While the daily high in Hopkins County hasn’t officially reached 100 degrees yet this summer, it may as well have done so on Tuesday. With the thermometer hitting the 98 degree mark and the relative humidity at 34 percent, the heat index was above 101, according to the National Weather Service’s heat index chart.

Temperatures today were expected to soar near the century mark in North Texas, with heat indeces exceeding 105 in some places, prompting NWS forecasters to issue heat advisories for today and tonight.

A weak surface trough also brought a chance in the early afternoon of scattered storms east of Interstate 35 and north of I-20, but any such rainfall was expected to move out quickly after developing, with the searing heat taking its place.

The scorching sun isn’t going to let up for a few days, either.

The weather service has already issued another heat advisory for North Texas on Thursday. The high in Sulphur Springs is forecast at 99 with heat index values as high as 106. At those levels, the accompanying 5 mile per hour wind feels more like a miniature blast furnace than a gentle breeze.

More high heat warnings should follow into the weekend, as the high for Friday is predicted to be a stifling 99, followed by the first triple-digit day on Saturday at a dangerous 100 degrees. Sunday’s high is expected to drop down to a merely oppressive 97, however, with the temperature falling to a mere 95 on Monday.

Summer heat waves aren’t just uncomfortable — they’re also deadly. About 175 Americans die every year due to the effects of summer heat, according to National Weather Service data.

As always, the weather service offers these tips to stay safe:

n Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.

n Dress for summer. Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.

n Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.

n Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.

n Spend more time in air-conditioned places. If you can’t afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day during hot weather in an air-conditioned environment affords some protection.

n Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

 

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