Heat advisory issued for Wednesday

Published On: Jun 27 2012 08:35:12 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2012 09:00:46 AM CDT
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HOUSTON -

A heat advisory was issued for the Houston area Wednesday as triple-digit temperatures are expected for another day.

The National Weather Service said the heat advisory is in effect from noon until 8 p.m. An Ozone Watch was also issued. A heat advisory is issued when heat indices are at or above 108 degrees.

Houston's high is forecast for 101 degrees on Wednesday. Houston's record high for June 27 was 102 degrees, set in 1980.

Numerous records were broken on Wednesday. The high temperature at Bush Intercontinental Airport reached 105 degrees. The previous record was 104 set in 2009. Hobby Airport broke a record with a high of 102. The previous record was 99 degrees in 2009. Galveston broke its record high with 97 degrees. The previous record was set back in 1875. College Station had a record high of 106. Wharton set a record of 104 and Angleton set a record at 102. Sugar Land tied it's highest temperature with 102 degrees.

Residents are urged to take extra precautions if they work or spend time outside. Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, and wear lightweight or loose-fitting clothing. Also, drink plenty of water.

Demand for electricity also goes up as the temperatures rise. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it thinks there's enough power to go around, but there's no promise that it will be like that all summer.

Electric provider NRG recently brought 1,100 megawatts of power online.

"It's enough power that on the hottest day of the year, when people are running air conditioners, we can supply the needs of about 200,000 households," NRG spokesman David Knox said.

When there's a heat emergency, power companies are not allowed to turn off service because of lack of payment.

Some parents took their children outside for fun on Tuesday, but they made sure everyone had plenty of water and lots of breaks in the shade.

KPRC Local 2 tested the temperatures on some playground equipment near Memorial Park. Metal playground equipment tested at 127 degrees. The hottest reading was on a slide that was 155 degrees.

Warning signs for heat stroke:

  • Not sweating
  • Collapsing
  • Becoming incoherent
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Body Temperature of 106 degrees or higher
  • Seizure

People who exhibit signs of heat stroke should do the following:

  • Call 911
  • Get out of the sun and go indoors or to a shady area
  • Cool with water, but not ice water
  • If someone is seizing, protect them from injury, but do not put anything in their mouth

There are several steps that can be taken to prevent heat-related injuries:

  • Drink plenty of cool water or other non-carbonated drinks
  • Take breaks about every hour and get out of the sun and cool down for at least 10 minutes
  • Wear hats, sunglasses and cotton or other natural fiber clothing
  • Use sunscreen to protect uncovered skin
  • If drinking sports drinks, cut them 50/50 with cold water
  • Do not use salt tablets -- drink sports drinks to replenish electrolytes

People who exhibit signs of a heat-related illness should do the following:

  • Get out of the sun and cool down
  • Sip cool water or 50 percent water/sports drink
  • Rest for at least 30 minutes after the symptoms end
  • Limit activity in the sun for the rest of the day
  • For chest pain or shortness of breath, call 911

Pets can suffer heat-related problems, too. Make sure they always have clean, fresh water available and access to shade or the indoors.

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