An Excessive Heat Warning and a Heat Advisory have been issued for portions of east central, southeast, and southern Oklahoma. The warning is in effect from noon today until 9 PM CDT, while the advisory is in effect from 11 AM to 9 PM CDT tomorrow.
The Excessive Heat Warning indicates dangerously hot conditions, with heat index values expected to reach up to 114. The Heat Advisory predicts heat index values up to 110. These conditions pose a significant risk for heat-related illnesses, especially for those working or engaging in outdoor activities.
To stay safe during this heatwave, it is essential to take precautions. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and avoid direct sun exposure. It’s also crucial to check up on relatives and neighbors, as well as never leaving young children or pets unattended in vehicles.
If you need to be outside, especially for strenuous activities, it is recommended to reschedule them for early morning or evening hours. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing whenever possible. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises taking frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas to reduce the risk during outdoor work.
If someone is experiencing heat stroke, it is considered an emergency, and immediate medical attention should be sought by calling 9-1-1.
Remember, being proactive and taking necessary precautions is essential to protect yourself and others from the potentially dangerous effects of extreme heat.
Sources: Excessive Heat Warning and Heat Advisory issued for Oklahoma