Oklahomans brace for the highest temperatures of the year so far
Oklahoma is slated to have widespread triple-digit temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday. Much of the state is under aHeat Advisory from the National Weather Service. That’s thanks to aheat dome — basically a big bubble of hot, still air looming over the southern plains.
As temperatures climb, Oklahomans may want to monitor for signs ofheat exhaustion and heat stroke — those include nausea, dizziness and confusion. Every year, emergency departments across the country treatnearly 70,000 patients for heat-related issues.
Older adults, children and people dealing with existing illnesses may be more sensitive to the heat.
Drivers should be careful not to leave children or pets sweating in the car — Oklahoma is the 2nd-worst state for child deaths in hot cars per capita, according tonationwide data from San Jose State University.
Temperatures across the state are expected to cool down by the end of the week, but just to the mid-90s.
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