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7/8/09

Record breaking heat not done in Lubbock

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - 106 degrees.  That's how hot it got in Lubbock Wednesday officially at the airport.  Lubbock broke the all-time record high for July 8th, which was 103 degrees set back in 1998. The heat index in Lubbock, which is the combination of heat and humidity, was also 103 degrees.  It was almost dangerous enough for a heat advisory according to the National Weather Service. 

The NWS says the heat index might be dangerous enough Thursday to go ahead and issue a heat advisory.  Newschannel 11 did some checking and here's how you can stay safe from the heat.

  • Drink lots of fluids, and don't wait until you're thirsty
  • Wear lightweight, light colored clothing.
  • It also helps if it's loose fitting attire.
  • And never leave anyone in a parked car in this kind of heat.  The inside of a car can easily reach 140 degrees.
  • limit your outdoor activity
  • and rest often in shady areas

It's not just people.  he heat can be dangerous for pets as well. 

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even if you'll only be gone for a second.
  • Make sure your outdoor pets have plenty of shade & water
  • If you walk your pet, do it early or late in the day and not on hot asphalt, which can burn their paws.

And finally, here's how to protect your plants.

  • You need to water them but too much can be just as bad as too little.
  • A garden hose can get really hot in the summer sun.  So, run some cool water through the hose first, then water those plants.
  • Look for afternoon wilting and move plants to a cooler location if you can.
  • And don't use any chemicals like pesticides or fertilizer when the temperature is over 90.

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