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.
— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) July 15, 2018
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.
Heat strokes in Dallas County are up to 25 this summer. Remember to stay hydrated and seek shelter during the warmer periods of the day. #heat #hot #beattheheat #heatstroke #dallas #dfw https://t.co/Z2fmduaJC0 pic.twitter.com/gpMFw0IJ7T
— Dallas County HHS (@DCHHS) July 13, 2018
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.