Extreme heat continues today, heat advisory remains in effect
By Claudia Grisales | Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 08:45 AM
The extreme heat wave that has gripped Central Texas and other areas will continue today, and a heat advisory remains in effect until Thursday night, the National Weather Service says.
The state power grid operator and utilities around the state are urging customers to conserve electricity where possible to avoid the threat of power shortages.
Today’s high could reach 106 degrees for the second straight day.
This weekend, high temperatures are expected to remain at 105 or higher, the service said, and lows will briefly go below the 80s before sunrise, triggering a heat advisory for the area until Thursday night.
“Heat stroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are likely with prolonged exposure and physical activity,” the service said. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.”
People are also advised to drink plenty of fluids, to wear light clothing and to limit strenuous activity outside to early morning or evening hours, the service said. Also, under no circumstance should children and pets be left in unattended vehicles where temperatures can soar to lethal levels.
So far this year, Austin has seen 56 days of triple-digit heat. At this pace, we could near a record 69 triple-digit days in 1925 or 68 days of 2009.