Triple Digits Prompt Heat Advisory

By: Rodney Harris Email
By: Rodney Harris Email

The first 50 days of summer saw high temperatures below average in Bryan/College Station...but how quick things can change.

After hitting 102 degrees Sunday afternoon (8/12), the National Weather Service has extended a Heat Advisory which includes most of the Brazos Valley.

Afternoon highs will reach the century mark Monday, and again on Tuesday. In addition to triple-digit highs, heat index values will top 110 degrees, Monday afternoon, which is above the criteria for a heat advisory. Once the heat index reaches 105 degrees heat related illnesses are possible if you're outdoors for long periods of time.

As summertime takes hold over the region, remember the following:

- The heat index is taken in the shade! That means that it's usually much warmer in direct sunlight (apx. 15 degrees warmer).

- The temperature in your vehicle can quickly rise to 150 degrees with all the windows up. This can obviously result in heat strokes and even death.

- High heat index values isn't the only criteria for a heat advisory. Overnight lows will only drop into the upper 70s which means that we won't cool off much! Be careful, even at night.

- Don't forget the pets! They're at just as much risk from the heat as you are.

- Always drink plenty of water, especially when you're outdoors.

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