Oklahomans Appear To Be Dealing With Hot Temps

Wednesday, June 8th 2011, 1:04 pm
By: News On 6

Staff and Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Hot temperatures have arrived a month early in Oklahoma, but the National Weather Service says that's not necessarily indicative that the summer will be warmer than usual.

Temperatures have reached 104 degrees in Oklahoma four times this month, including on Tuesday in Hollis and Cherokee. Highs have been in the 90's or low triple digits for much of the state for nearly a week and are expected to rise to that level again Wednesday.

EMSA paramedics in Tulsa say they've treated and transported only two individuals this week with symptoms of heat-related illness.

In a news release, EMSA says this brings the total so far this season to 20. 15 of the 20 required treatment and transport to local hospitals by EMSA.

None were in serious condition.

The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center's long-range forecast calls for typical summertime heat for most of Oklahoma.

EMSA says when its paramedics respond to five or more heat-related medical calls in a 24-hour period and dangerously, hot weather is expected to continue, an EMSA Heat Alert is issued to advise the general public of the severity of the situation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.