Houston sees record Heat

Some relief will come mid- to late-week as temperatures ease back to the 90s

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - Record highs were tied or broken at Intercontinental Airport, Hobby Airport, and in Galveston on Monday, and more heat is on the way.

Highs reached or exceeded 100 degrees with heat index values hovering between 105 and 110 during the hottest part of the afternoon.

Tuesday's high should be near 102 in Houston and between 95 and 100 along the coast. Heat indexes will again push 110 in the afternoon.

There will be some relief as an afternoon sea breeze begins to kick in by mid-week. That should keep temperatures in the 90s, but it will also increase humidity levels for the second half of the week.

Drink lots of water and take plenty of breaks if you're doing anything strenuous outside this week. 

"You want to avoid liquids with a lot of caffeine or sugar because that's just going to accelerate the body fluid loss," said Porfirio Villarreal with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services.

Wear light-weight, light-colored, breathable clothes to help stay as cool as possible, too. Exercising early in the morning or late in the day in order to avoid the hottest part of the day is also recommended.

In Wiley Park in the Fourth Ward, Local 2 saw kids finding the perfect place to stay cool -- at a splash pad.

The experts said it's a good idea to closely watch the young and the elderly because they are the most vulnerable in this hot weather.

Warning signs for heat stroke:

  • Not sweating
  • Collapsing
  • Becoming incoherent
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Body Temperature of 106 degrees or higher
  • Seizure

People who exhibit signs of heat stroke should do the following:

  • Call 911
  • Get out of the sun and go indoors or to a shady area
  • Cool with water, but not ice water
  • If someone is seizing, protect them from injury, but do not put anything in their mouth

There are several steps that can be taken to prevent heat-related injuries:

  • Drink plenty of cool water or other non-carbonated drinks
  • Take breaks about every hour and get out of the sun and cool down for at least 10 minutes
  • Wear hats, sunglasses and cotton or other natural fiber clothing
  • Use sunscreen to protect uncovered skin
  • If drinking sports drinks, cut them 50/50 with cold water
  • Do not use salt tablets -- drink sports drinks to replenish electrolytes

People who exhibit signs of a heat-related illness should do the following:

  • Get out of the sun and cool down
  • Sip cool water or 50 percent water/sports drink
  • Rest for at least 30 minutes after the symptoms end
  • Limit activity in the sun for the rest of the day
  • For chest pain or shortness of breath, call 911

Pets can suffer heat-related problems, too. Make sure they always have clean, fresh water available and access to shade or the indoors.

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