FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: 10 days of 100-degree temps poses health risk

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: 10 days of 100-degree temps poses health risk

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The oven is already in pre-heat, set to broil, with afternoon highs soaring above 100 degrees. This will be Lubbock's tenth 100-Degree-Day this year. Ten is the average for a year.

A HEAT ADVISORY again is in effect from 1 this afternoon to 8 this evening. The Advisory covers most of the KCBD viewing area on the Caprock, including the counties of Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Gaines, Dawson and Lea (in New Mexico). Some cities included are Friona, Dimmitt, Tulia, Muleshoe, Littlefield Plainview, Morton, Levelland, Lubbock, Ralls, Crosbyton, Denver City, Plains, Brownfield, Tahoka, Tatum and Hobbs.

The KCBD First Alert Weather Team is highlighting today's heat and humidity health risk with a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. The effects of extreme heat are cumulative. Prolonged hot weather takes a greater toll on us, as well as pets and plants, than an occasional very hot day among more average temperatures. Summer days are typically at their hottest from mid-afternoon into early evening.

Once again, the only heat-relief in sight for today is the slight chance of a thunderstorm near you late this afternoon and evening. Today's crop of storms should be a little more robust than recent days, so there is a slightly greater chance of rain at your location. These storms are likely to be strong with a few isolated severe storms possible. The main severe risks will be damaging hail and wind gusts. Similar to recent days, areas of blowing dust and locally heavy rain also are likely.

A little relief from the triple-digit heat will follow Friday and Saturday. Our updated hourly and extended forecasts are available 24-7 at kcbd.com/weather and in our free KCBD First Alert Weather App.

As expected, Lubbock yesterday did record its ninth 100-Degree-Day of the year. The high was 108°F, the hottest for any July 13 on record here. The previous hottest was in 1933 with 107°. By the way, yesterday Lubbock also recorded its warmest low (max-min) temperature on record, 79°. The previous warmest July 13 minimum was in 1978 with 75 degrees.

Beat The Heat

  • Limit outdoor activities, and try to avoid outdoor physical activity during the afternoon.
  • Schedule outdoor work for the early morning or late evening.
  • Reschedule your jog or bike ride.
  • Use 30+ SPF sunscreen - sunburn reduces your body's ability to cool itself.
  • Drink extra water - avoid caffeine and alcohol - and replace electrolytes.
  • Take frequent breaks - preferably in an air conditioned indoor space.
  • When outside wear light weight and light colored clothing, and wear a hat.
  • NEVER leave children, or an adult with health issues, or even pets, inside a parked vehicle!
  • AND check the back seat!
  • DO NOT try to cool off, or spray children or pets, with a garden hose unless you've run water for a time and have confirmed the water is not hot.

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