Heat Wave In North Texas Will Bring Triple-Digit Temperatures All Week | KERA News

Heat Wave In North Texas Will Bring Triple-Digit Temperatures All Week

Jul 15, 2018

North Texans should prepare for a full week of triple-digit temperatures, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. 

Monday is expected reach 101 degrees and daytime highs should climb to 105 by the end of the week.

You won't find much respite from the heat any night this week either with temperatures hovering in the low 80s.

Keep yourself cool

Just like when it rains, hails or snows, hot and sunny days in Dallas-Fort Worth require their own set of precautions. 

So far this summer, 284 people in Dallas County alone have been hospitalized for heat-related illnesses, according to the latest report from the county's Health and Human Services Department.

Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are both heat-related illnesses. However, heatstroke is life-threatening while heat exhaustion is a less severe condition. Learn more about the symptoms and the causes

You can avoid health risks by doing the following:

  • Drink plenty of water. You should try to replace the amount of water you lose during the day. On a typical day, that’s about 80 ounces, according to this local doctor. But you sweat more as temperatures rise, so make sure to hydrate accordingly. And cut down on caffeine.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear clothes that are loose-fitting, light-colored and lightweight. Your clothes should cover your skin as much as possible. And avoid dark clothes — they absorb heat.
  • Limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is the warmest part of the day; you should spend it indoors. Save any outdoor activities or chores, like mowing the lawn or jogging, for the morning or evening.

Find more tips from Dallas County Health and Human Services and the National Weather Service.