Dangerous heat warnings in Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Two National Weather Service heat advisories are expected to be extended throughout the week.

Due to dangerously hot temperatures and high humidity, the NWS issued a warning for dozens of counties in North and Central Texas.

A heat warning is in effect for Cooke, Denton, Tarrant and Johnson counties in the east until 7 p.m. Tuesday. A warning is in effect for the counties in the west from noon Tuesday until 7 p.m.

The NWS said warnings are expected to be extended and heat is forecast to continue throughout the week.

On Monday afternoon, NBC 5 meteorologist Rick Mitchell said he expected temperatures to rise to just under 100 degrees Fahrenheit from Tuesday through Saturday, with the heat index in North Texas soaring to as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

In some parts of the state, heat levels could reach as high as 42.3 degrees Celsius, according to the NWS.

The combination of heat and high humidity increases the risk of heat-related illnesses, especially in people who work or engage in outdoor activities. The CDC discusses heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps, and other heat-related illnesses here.

Heat safety tips

In this heat, you should take precautions and be prepared.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, avoid the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors to make sure they are keeping cool.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in a car. According to the National Safety Council, temperatures inside a car at 95 degrees Fahrenheit can rise to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 minutes. After just 10 minutes, temperatures inside a car can reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's, and heat stroke can begin when a person's body temperature reaches 40 degrees. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, a body temperature of 41 degrees is fatal.

Take special precautions when working or spending time outdoors. If possible, postpone strenuous activities until early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light and loose-fitting clothing whenever possible. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments to reduce the risk of working outdoors. Anyone who becomes overwhelmed by the heat should be moved to a cool and shady area. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911. The CDC has more information on heat-related illnesses.

Take care of your pets by providing them with fresh, cool water and shade. Also, pets should not be left outside unattended for too long. It is too hot and they need to be brought indoors.

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