It’s a Heat Wave

HARLINGEN — One thing it’s not is a dry heat.

National Weather Service forecasters say the heat advisory issued for much of Cameron and Willacy counties yesterday due to sizzling temperatures and high humidity probably will be repeated for the rest of the week.

“The pattern isn’t really changing a whole lot, at least through the end of the work week,” Josh Schroeder, science and operations officer at the NWS Brownsville office, said yesterday.

A heat advisory put in place yesterday afternoon warned of heat index values soaring to between 110 and 115 degrees in some areas.

Temperatures yesterday afternoon in Harlingen hit 98 degrees at 4 p.m. with a heat index of 109.

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Harlingen Forecast

Today: High of 102 degrees

Thursday: 100 degrees

Friday: 100 degrees

Heat Safety Rules

– Slow down and reduce strenuous activities.

– Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

– Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids.

– During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places.

– Avoid protein-rich meals, like meat, that increase internal metabolic heat production and increase water loss.

– Never leave children, disabled persons or pets in parked vehicles.

– Beat the heat, check the back seat!

Source: National Weather Service