The Gist: Sweltering heat grips west central Texas, with temperatures soaring to a dangerous 105 to 108 degrees.
What Happened?: Residents of west central Texas are bracing for two consecutive days of extreme heat. The region is expected to experience temperatures between 105 to 108 degrees this afternoon and again on Sunday afternoon.
By The Numbers:
- 105 to 108 degrees: Expected temperatures for the next two days.
- 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Peak heat hours for both today and Sunday.
Why It Matters: The combination of extreme heat and humidity poses a significant risk for heat-related illnesses. Those working or engaging in outdoor activities are particularly vulnerable. The heat can be especially dangerous for young children, the elderly, and pets.
What’s Next?: Residents are urged to take precautions. This includes:
- Drinking plenty of fluids.
- Staying indoors, preferably in air-conditioned spaces.
- Avoiding direct sunlight.
- Checking on neighbors and relatives, especially the elderly.
- Ensuring children and pets are not left unattended in vehicles.
- Rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities to cooler parts of the day.
- Recognizing signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
For those working outdoors, it’s essential to take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas. If someone is overcome by the heat, they should be moved to a cooler place immediately. Remember, heat stroke is a medical emergency. In such cases, call 9 1 1 without delay.