Cold Front To Bring Heat Relief To Oklahoma

Saturday, June 27th 2009, 2:39 pm
By: News On 6

Associated Press

UNDATED -- More triple-digit heat is in Oklahoma's forecast, but a cold front will bring showers and cooler temperatures tonight and tomorrow.

The National Weather Service says the cold front stretched across Kansas this morning. It will produce a few late afternoon thunderstorms when it reaches northwest Oklahoma, and more showers are forecast overnight.

The main severe weather threat should be damaging winds, primarily during the evening. After dark, a subtropical moisture plume could lead to locally heavy downpours.

The front will continue south and bring temperatures back down to normal tomorrow. There should be minimal thunderstorm activity in central and southern Oklahoma during the day, but thunderstorms are likely tomorrow night along the Red River.

EMSA paramedics continue caring for a high number of patients with suspected heat-related illness. Despite the slightly lower temperatures in the forecast, Tulsans should continue to take precautions, according to Tina Wells of EMSA. By 3 p.m. Saturday, EMSA paramedics treated four patients with signs of heat-related illness (three adults and a teenage boy). None of the patients had life-threatening injuries.

EMSA has treated a total of 75 patients for suspected heat-related illness so far this month.

Weather conditions will continue to pose a danger to those who aren't adequately hydrated. Paramedics say that individuals who work in hot environments, children, the elderly, individuals with chronic medical conditions, and homeless persons are at particularly high risk.

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