Temperatures are expected to start this week in the high 80s and peak at the low 90s over the weekend.
Thunderstorms and heavy winds are in today’s forecast with high temperatures reaching 86 degrees. The lows today will hover around the upper 70s into this evening.
In addition to storms and high winds, a cold front that is expected to travel south in the region could also bring large hail to some areas.
“Looks like we could see those (high winds and storms) as early as your morning drive,” said News Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. “We could see some strong damaging wind. That could be our biggest threat on Monday.”
Clear skies are expected Tuesday and Wednesday with highs reaching 84 and lows in low to mid 60s.
Thursday temperatures will reach 89, with lows in the mid 60s, and continue to climb to the low 90s Friday and Saturday.
The National Weather Service offers a number of suggestions for people to cope with extreme heat, including wearing lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothes; eat light and easy to digest foods such fruits and salads; minimize direct exposure to sunlight and spend time in air conditioned locations. The agency also advises against directing the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature reaches higher than 90 degrees because the dry blowing air can dehydrate you faster.
A 10-year average, starting in 2006, of weather fatalities across the country showed heat as the deadliest weather event, according to NWS data. Last year, the number of people who died from extreme heat more than doubled from 20 people in 2014 to 45 in 2015.
In the last decade, 113 heat-related fatalities were reported followed by 110 that were the result of a tornado and 84 related to flooding, according to NWS data.
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