Extreme heat this week

It’s not just hot…it’s downright dangerously, record-breaking hot. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Denton County and North Texas through 9 p.m. Thursday.

Forecasters say that afternoon and early evening heat index values will likely rise to or exceed 110 degrees through Thursday.

High temperatures this week are expected to approach or exceed record levels each day.

Low temperatures overnight are only expected to fall into the upper 70’s and lower 80’s and will likely remain in the mid 80’s in urban areas. Watch a multimedia briefing from the NWS here.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, weather officials said.  In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

Here are some tips to deal with the extreme heat this week:

– Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. 

– When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

– 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 and medical attention should be sought.

– Be sure to check on persons with health problems and the elderly, as they are the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

– Never leave young children or pets in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time…as temperatures can quickly rise to life threatening levels.

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