Most of Oklahoma will be experiencing dangerously high heat indexes today, with values of up to 101 degrees in Ardmore.
National Weather Center meteorologist Jennifer Thompson said a heat advisory, issued at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday, will be in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday night.
Temperatures will reach their highest between noon and 6 p.m., Thompson said. Several areas are expected to reach heat indexes of around 105 to 110 degrees, she said.
With temperatures breaking 100 across the state, several heat-related
dangers arrive, Thompson said. Two conditions individuals should be aware of are heat exhaustion and heat stroke, she said.
“You’ve got to watch out if you’re sweating,” Thompson said. “If you’re not, then that’s something you need to be concerned about — call 911.”
A lack of perspiration in high temperatures could signify a serious condition like heat stroke. Those experiencing less severe symptoms should be able to cool down indoors, Thompson said.
“If you have any fevers, dizziness, nausea, vomiting you want to go into air conditioning and drink plain water,” Thompson said.
Additionally, individuals should ensure their pets’ safety by making sure there is enough water available for them and keeping them indoors.