Heat advisories continue at Longview, but no record for 100 degree days expected | Local News
Longview’s summer of scorching temperatures isn’t about to break a triple digital record from 2011, but weather officials warn that if you can’t stand the heat – and you shouldn’t – you better go inside.
Another heat advisory was issued today for the area with a high temperature of around 100 degrees expected in Longview. If the official high hits triple digits, the number of 100-degree days this year will be well above an average year, but less than a third of the city’s total during the record high in 2011, when wildfires of forest ravaged northeast Texas. and other parts of the state.
Heat advisories have been more the rule than the exception this summer with many more days reaching or exceeding 100 degrees than a normal year.
According to the National Weather Service, as of Tuesday there have been 21 days this year of at least 100 degrees at Longview. That’s approaching double the average number of 100-degree days for the city, which the service says is 12.
On July 9, Longview and Tyler broke high temperature records that had been in place for over a century. The high temperature hit 107 degrees on that date this year in both cities, the National Weather Service reported.
In Longview, the previous July 9 record was 106 in 1909. In Tyler, it was 104 set in 1883. The high temperature also broke records three other times this summer in Tyler.
The extreme heat comes a year after there were no triple-digit days in Longview or Tyler.
“We are much warmer this summer” compared to the summer of 2021, said Chris Nuttall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Shreveport.
Still, the heat at Longview isn’t enough to rival the triple-digit number of days 11 years ago.
In 2011, Longview had 73 100-degree days, according to National Weather Service data. In Tyler, the mercury hit 100 degrees 81 times that year, compared to 28 this year. With a high today of 100 or more, Longview would need to have triple-digit high temperatures every day until September 17 to break the record. Nuttall said that was unlikely.
“We’re not going to be able to reach that record this year, more than likely,” he said.
“It’s possible we could continue to see early September heat through at least the first two weeks of September,” Nuttall said. “What made 2011 stand out was that we had a long stretch of consecutive days above 100 degrees.”
And while the area may not break records of 100 degree days in a single year, Nuttall said it’s important residents take precautions and take heat advisories seriously.
“It’s still very important. Whether you have 10 days at 107 or, you know, 30 days at 107, it’s still bad,” he said. “How long it’s bad doesn’t matter.”
As temperatures reach 100, and especially when the heat index exceeds 105 degrees, the risk of heat-related illnesses increases dramatically, according to Nuttall.
“The heat can become deadly,” he said.
“And it’s all relative too,” he said. “It’s been 11 years since we’ve had a heat of this magnitude, and there’s probably a lot of people who maybe weren’t there the last time, so maybe it’s different for them. “
Nuttall said people who must do outdoor activities should try to limit them to the early morning or evening hours.
He also said to stay hydrated; take frequent breaks in a cool place; watch the elderly or anyone else sensitive to heat; and never leave children or pets in a vehicle for any length of time — ever.
Light relief is heading east into Texas, although it won’t amount to much and won’t stick around for long.
Rain and increased cloud cover could help bring temperatures down a few degrees, perhaps below 100 for daytime highs on Saturday and Sunday. But since it will always be humid, the heat index will always be over 100,” Nuttall said.
“Unfortunately, it does not appear that the rains will bring significant relief to the Tyler and Longview area.”