Many U.S. states have experienced excessive heat over the past few weeks, and some have also experienced other types of extreme weather, including thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The states primarily affected are Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Nebraska. A heat advisory has been issued by the NWS for all four states, due to soaring temperatures.

In this type of weather, it is important to take precautions to avoid certain types of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The NWS told people to “drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of direct sunlight, and watch relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles”.

Weather forecast, Thursday July 14

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma – Heat advisory in effect from noon to 8 p.m. CDT Thursday, July 14. Heat index values ​​should reach 110 degrees.
  • North Platte, Nebraska – Heat advisory in effect until Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m. CDT / 7 p.m. MDT.
  • Norman, Oklahoma – Heat advisory in effect from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15 CDT. Heat index values ​​should reach 110 degrees.
  • San Angelo, Texas – Heat advisory in effect until Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m. CDT. Temperatures are expected to reach 105 degrees.
  • Fort Worth, Texas – Heat advisory in effect until Thursday, July 14 at 9 p.m. CDT. Heat index values ​​should reach 108 degrees.
  • Houston, Texas – Heat advisory in effect until Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m. CDT. Heat index values ​​should reach 110 degrees.
  • San Antonio, Texas – Heat advisory in effect until Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m. CDT. Heat index values ​​should reach 112 degrees.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – Heat advisory in effect until midnight Thursday, July 14 MDT. Temperatures are expected to reach 99 degrees.
An image of a severe drought in Mecca, California on July 13.
Mario Tama

How to stay safe in the heat:

The NWS outlined specific precautions people should follow throughout this excessively hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned room, avoid the sun, and watch relatives and neighbors.
  • Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
    under any circumstances.
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors.
  • If possible, reschedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light, loose clothing when possible.
  • To reduce risk when working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
  • Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area.