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Weather Expected to Stay Hot, Hot, Hot
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Posted August 4, 2011

A ridge of high pressure aloft centered across the Southern Plains will lead to very hot temperatures expected to be near or above records across South Central Texas and the Hill Country this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for South Central Texas. A Heat Advisory remains in effect from Wednesday through 10 pm Friday evening.

Near record afternoon temperatures will come with heat indices up to 105 degrees over the Hill Country and up to 108 degrees for adjacent areas of South Central Texas. Prolonged exposure outdoors can lead to heat stroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion.

Temperatures each morning will briefly fall below 80 degrees with rapid warming expected after sunrise. Each day, the heat index readings will rise to above 100 by noon and reach 105 to near 110 by mid afternoon.

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. Heat stroke is an emergencycall 911!

The CDC offers these tips to help protect your health in extreme heat:

1. Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.

2. Don’t leave babies, children, or pets in cars, not even for a short time. Heat can kill quickly.

3. Drink more fluids. If your doctor has limited your fluid intake or if you’re taking

water pills

(diuretics), check with your doctor first.

4. Don’t drink liquids containing alcohol or lots of sugar. Those drinks may make you lose more body fluid.

5. Avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.

6. If you sweat heavily, you may need to replace salt and minerals. A sports beverage may help, but if you’re on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking sports drinks or taking salt tablets.

7. When you’re at home, wear as little clothing as possible. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

8. If you have to be outside, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, and try to rest in shady areas.

9. If you must go outside, wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and eyeglasses.

10. Pace yourself. Stop all activity if your heart pounds or you gasp for breath in the heat.

11. Use a buddy system if you’re working in the heat. Look out for your co-workers and have someone do the same for you.

12. Check up on high-risk people, including kids, senior citizens, and people who are ill. Visit at-risk adults at least twice daily. Babies and kids need much more frequent checks.

13. Provide your pets with plenty of fresh water in a shady area.

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