BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
A heat advisory has been extended for the Lampasas area, and authorities warn to be cautious of extreme temperatures.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region at 3:32 a.m. Friday morning extending until 7 p.m.
The advisory effects 37 counties in the NWS Fort Worth office region.
Meteorologists predict temperatures between 94 and 98 degrees for Friday afternoon, with heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees.
“A heat advisory means that afternoon heat index values are expected to meet or exceed 105 degrees for at least two consecutive days,” officials said.
The advisory stated that those with health problems and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” the advisory read. “When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening [hours]. Wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
“Never leave young children or pets in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time, as temperatures can quickly rise to life threatening levels,” officials said.
Know the signs
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heat exhaustion can be recognized by the following symptoms:
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale or clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Tiredness or weakness
- Fainting or passing out
Get medical help if the symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.
Heat stroke, which is an emergency condition, can be recognized by the following symptoms:
- High body temperature (103 degrees or higher)
- Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
- Fast, strong pulse
- Losing consciousness
When heat stroke occurs, medical help should be sought immediately, CDC officials said.
According to PetMD.com, signs of heat stroke are similar in pets, particularly canines.
"Signs of heatstroke in dogs include drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhea, mental dullness or loss of consciousness, uncoordinated movement, and collapse," the website read.
Barchycephalic breeds, or dogs with short, flat noses, are especially susceptible to heat stroke.
NWS meteorologists predict a slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday through Wednesday.
“The highest storm chances and better opportunities for severe weather will be associated with an upper level trough [occurring] Sunday night,” officials wrote in a hazardous weather outlook.