With Saturday’s early afternoon temperatures pushing past the century mark, residents are being urged to exercise caution while enjoying Labor Day weekend outdoors.
By 1:30 p.m., this afternoon (Saturday, Aug. 31) the temperature had reached the forecast high of 103 degrees.
Sunday forecast calls for a high of 101. Throughout the weekend, evening temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-70s, with partly cloudy skies, according to National Weather Service.
Labor Day is expected to welcome slightly lower temperatures with a high of 98 degrees and 20 percent chance of rain in Somervell County, a seven-day forecast by NWS said. The Monday evening temperature is expected to be in the low 70s and chances of rain will continue.
Prolonged exposure to high temperatures and sunlight can cause heat disorders, with symptoms that include sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
NWS offers advice for dealing with heat disorders, which include showering with soap following sunburn to remove oils that could block pores, preventing the body from cooling naturally. Cramps should be treated with a gentle massage to relieve spasm and sipping water.
Sufferers of heat exhaustion should lie down in a cool place, loosen clothing and be treated with cool, wet clothes. Victims should be fanned or moved to an air-conditioned area and given sips of water. If vomiting occurs, seek medical attention.
Heat stroke, the most serious of heat disorders, occurs when body temperatures measures 106 degrees or more. Symptoms include hot, dry skin, a rapid pulse and possible loss of consciousness.
Heat stroke is a severe medical condition. Call 9-1-1 or get the victim to the hospital immediately. Victims should be moved to a cooler environment, a cool bath may be administered to reduce body temperature but fluids should not be given, according to NWS.