The rain goes away, the summer heat sets in – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
What there is to know
- Tuesday evening marks the start of a change in weather conditions across the United States.
- Summer heat and high humidity will replace recent periods of heavy rains.
- Stay safe in the heat as the felt temperatures rise.
On Tuesday morning, another wave of rain and thunderstorms hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area, leaving little time for the recent floods to recede and spoiling the morning’s ride.
A big change in weather conditions across the United States begins Tuesday evening. An area of high pressure sets in and the jet stream makes a major northward shift towards Canada. This change pushes the rainy weather to the southeast and the Ohio Valley.
As the rain rolls out of Texas, the summer heat will replace it. A high pressure peak will allow heat and moisture to build up. For the rest of the week, the highs will be in the 90s. With high humidity, the heat index each day will be in the lower 100s.
With such a high heat rating for the rest of the week, don’t forget your thermal safety tips. Stay hydrated and take breaks away from the heat.
These values do not meet the criteria for a heat advisory, but could still cause heat exhaustion if you don’t take it slow.
Heat advisory tips
With heat like this, you’ll want to take precautions and be prepared.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and watch your loved ones and neighbors to make sure they stay cool.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. According to the National Safety Council, if it’s 95 degrees outside a car’s internal temperature, it could climb to 129 degrees in 30 minutes. After just 10 minutes, the temperatures inside could reach 114 degrees.
A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than that of an adult, and heat stroke can begin when a person’s core body temperature reaches 104 degrees. A core temperature of 107 degrees is deadly, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities in the early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light, loose clothing when possible. To reduce the risks during exterior work, the Occupational
The Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911. The CDC has more here on heat-related illnesses.
Take care of your pets by providing them with cool, cool water and plenty of shade. In addition, animals should not be left outside and unattended for too long. It’s too hot and you have to bring them inside.