Brazos Valley heating up

Jaime Enriquez stays hydrated while mowing grass at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex last month.  A heat advisory for the Brazos Valley has been extended through Tuesday. 

Monday brought the seventh 100-degree day of 2019, and the eighth day is expected Tuesday.

The forecasted high temperature could reach 104 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That would make it the hottest day of the year.

The heat index will potentially reach 113 degrees as the humidity increases, according to the Weather Service’s forecast.

A heat advisory for the Brazos Valley has been extended through Tuesday. The advisory notes the expected feels-like values could reach between 108 and 113 degrees for most of the region.

Bryan-College Station will approach the record for the daily high temperature for today’s date, which was set in 1951 at 105 degrees.

A weak “cold” front is expected to move into the area on Wednesday and Thursday and could bring temperatures below the 100-degree mark through the weekend.

In addition to a greater chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, the temperature should drop closer to the average of 97 degrees.

As the summer heat continues, even without reaching triple-digits, the Weather Service suggests people take precautions to stay safe when outside.

“When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening,” the heat advisory suggests. “Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”

For people who work outdoors, the advisory quotes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, recommending workers schedule “frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.”

Heat exhaustion can be identified by the following symptoms: faintness or dizziness; excessive sweating; cool, pale, clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; rapid, weak pulse; and muscle cramps.

If someone appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion, the Weather Service recommends they get to a cooler, air conditioned place, drink water if they are conscious and take a cool shower or use a cold compress.

Heat stroke, which is a medical emergency, can be identified by the following symptoms: throbbing headache; a lack of sweating; a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher; red, hot, dry skin; nausea or vomiting; rapid, strong pulse; and possibly the loss of consciousness.

Delayed action during a heat stroke can be fatal. As soon as it appears someone is suffering from heat stroke, someone should call 911 and immediately try to cool off the person until medical professionals arrive. The Weather Service states someone suffering from a heat stroke should not be given fluids.

In addition to knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, people should limit time outdoors, check back seats for pets and children, drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and light clothing and check in with neighbors — especially the elderly and those without air conditioning.

“Each year, a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to children accidentally being left in vehicles  during the summer months,” the heat advisory states. “In the past dozen years ... 500 children have died due to hypothermia after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle not even for a minute. Remember, beat the heat, check the back seat.”

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