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July 27, 2012

National Weather Service issues heat advisory through Sunday

HOUSTON, Texas — It will be extremely hot and dry through the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 1 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday for Payne County.

The Oklahoma Forestry Services also warns conditions are ripe for wildfires and urges residents to be cautious because normal outdoor activities like lawn mowing or harvesting a crop could spark a wildfire.

The NWS advisory warns afternoon temperatures will soar to 108 Saturday afternoon and 110 Sunday afternoon. High temperatures are expected to surpass 105 through Thursday.

Early morning low temperatures will struggle to fall below 80.

The advisory urges residents to reschedule strenous activities to early morning or late evening. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks for those who work outdoors.

Heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke. It is characterized by confusion, dark-colored urine, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, pale skin, profuse sweating and rapid hearbeat. It is essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest in an air-conditioned environment.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency with symptoms such as unconsciousness, seizures, difficult breathing, fast heart rate and severe vomiting. Call 911 to get help for a heat-stroke victim.

 

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