Not Much Relief In Sight For Oklahoma Heat Wave


Saturday, August 7th 2010, 12:54 pm
By: News On 6


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TULSA, OK -- Hot, hot, hot. That's the forecast for Green Country over the next few days.

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s to near 100 each day during the second full week of August. An excessive heat watch is in effect.

"A broken record; at least that is what the forecast pretty much sounds like for the coming week," said News On 6 WARN Team Meteorologist Dick Faurot.

Some moisture leads to a slight chance that a few isolated showers may pop up Saturday afternoon and Sunday, "but the chances of any one location receiving measurable rainfall is only 20 percent or less," he said.

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EMSA treated one elderly woman for heat-related problems on Saturday. On Friday, EMSA responded to five people with symptoms of heat-related illness. They issued a heat alert Friday evening.

When can we expect some relief from the heat?

"The longer range guidance is in reasonable agreement that a cool front will be arriving this coming weekend, either late Saturday or on Sunday," Faurot said.

"Don't bet the farm on that happening just yet, but there is at least some hope of a pattern change by this coming weekend," he said.

Some News On 6 viewers captured their animals keeping cool during the heat wave. Share your pics with NewsOn6.com.

EMSA reminders:

• Wear Light colored loose fitting clothing
• Take plenty of breaks when out in the heat if you must be out
• Consume plenty of non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated fluids (water, Gatorade)
• Stay in air-conditioned areas when possible (libraries, malls, movie theaters)
• Check on your elderly neighbors as you would in the cold weather months
• Do not leave children or pets in the car unattended even for a minute

The following cooling stations are still open for business until further notice:

The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
24/7

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
8:30 am – 8:30 pm

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
3 pm to 9 pm Monday through Saturday