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Heat Advisory Issued for Tarrant County Today
A heat advisory is in effect for Tarrant County and surrounding areas through this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Today it will be hot with a high of 102 degrees. Heat index values are expected to reach between 105 and 112 degrees, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
On what some meteorologists are calling the hottest day of the year, MedStar, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth, is reminding people to take precautions to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke and ensure children are not left unattended in hot cars. In 2019, 35 children have died in hot cars nationwide, five in Texas, according MedStar.
MedStar officials said Monday that it’s crews have responded to 448 heat-related calls that resulted in 352 hospital transports this August. Of the heat-related calls in which MedStar crews treated patients, 50 were serious and seven were critical.
With the heat index expected to top 105 degrees today, MedStar is upgrading it priority response to call involving individuals outside in the heat.
Throughout the heat advisory, MedStar is urging people to stay hydrated; stay in air-conditioned areas; wear light-colored or loose fitting clothing and hats to shield the sun; limit outdoor activities and check on elderly residents vulnerable to heat-related emergencies. 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.
Multiple Salvation Army cooling stations remain open across North Texas for people looking for a place to stay cool and hydrated.
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.