- Rufino Mendoza Elementary School
Tarrant County Under Heat Advisory Through Tuesday Night
Tarrant County is under a heat advisory through 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, according to the National Weather Service.
Outdoor temperatures between the upper 90s and 104 degrees and a heat index ranging between 105 and 110 is expected over the next couple days.
Officials with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth are urging residents to take necessary precautions to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke. People working outdoors are urged to take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas. Anyone overwhelmed by the heat is urged to move to a cool area, and people experiencing symptoms of a heat stroke should call 911 immediately.
“Be sure to check on persons with health problems and the elderly, as they are the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Never leave young children or pets in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time, as temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels,” according to the National Weather Service advisory. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend extensive time outside. When possible, limit strenuous activities to early morning or later evening hours. Wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water or water-based beverages. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they can cause further dehydration!”
MedStar reports it’s responded to 41 heat-related cases that resulted in 32 hospital transports since August 10. Of the cases, four were serious and two were critical.
Multiple Salvation Army cooling stations are open across North Texas for people to beat the summer heat and grab cold water.
The Fort Worth Salvation Army shelter, located 1855 E. Lancaster Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays for the homeless, people without air conditioning and individuals who work outdoors.
Click here for more details about the cooling stations open this summer.