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Area under heat advisory until Wednesday evening; high temps could reach 108 in parts of North Texas

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The National Weather Service has again issued a heat advisory for Hopkins County and the entirety of North Texas, and the hazardous weather warning will remain in effect until Wednesday night.

The heat advisory for all of Tuesday was issued early in the morning, but later extended another 24 hours until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The advisory is in effect along and north of a line from Graham to Cleburne to Palestine, where temperatures will reach as high as 108 in some parts.

“High temperatures will range from 101 to 108 degrees today and 100 to 106 degrees on Wednesday across the advisory area,” forecasters wrote in the advisory. “These temperatures, when combined with the humidity, will result in afternoon heat index values of 105 to 108 degrees. Nighttime relief will be limited as lows will only be in the upper 70s to mid 80s.”

The weather service personnel also cautioned citizens to be vigilant about wildfires, noting some areas have received minimal rainfall, causing vegetation to become dormant, which could help fuel a grass fire once it starts.

There is a chance of relief later in the week, however, as thunderstorm chances will return to the forecast as early as Thursday evening and continue into next week.

In the meantime, the National Weather Service advises people to take precautions against the heat, noting that young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

“This is especially true during hot weather when the inside of vehicles can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes,” forecasters cautioned.

Working and playing hard outdoors can be hazardous to one’s health, too.

“Persons involved in vigorous outdoor activities are urged to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water,” the advisory states. “Wear loose fitting and light colored clothing. Be sure to check on persons with health problems and the elderly, as they are the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

 

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