It’s been hot and it’s going to stay hot — for a while.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, which will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Friday for areas including Oklahoma, Logan, Kingfisher, Canadian and Cleveland counties.
During the interim period maximum heat indices will remain near 105 degrees with overnight lows in the middle 70s, according to the NWS’ forecast for Edmond. A continuation of the very hot daytime temperatures and only modest cooling at night will increase the danger of heat-related illnesses.
Edmond’s forecast includes a high near 104 on Wednesday, a near 105 on Thursday, a near 100 on Friday and a high near 100 on Saturday. Highs Sunday through Tuesday are expected to be in the mid to upper 90s.
Chances of precipitation during the forecast period are zero.
About 4 p.m. Tuesday, it was 101 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. Winds were southeast at 8 mph. The heat index, a measure of how it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature, was at 107 degrees.
Studies indicate that, other things being equal, the severity of heat disorders tends to increase with age, according to the National Weather Service.
Conditions that cause heat cramps in a 17-year-old may result in heat exhaustion in someone 40 years old, and in heat stroke in a person over 60. Sunburn, with its ultraviolet radiation burns, can significantly retard the skin’s ability to shed excess heat.
Acclimatization has to do with adjusting sweat-salt concentrations, among other things. The idea is to lose enough water to regulate body temperature, with the least possible chemical disturbance — salt depletion.
Health officials urge anyone doing outside work to begin hydrating themselves well in advance. Oklahomans are being urged to take extra precautions if they work or spend time outside during the heat wave. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
Residents are also urged to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Guidelines include wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible, and drinking plenty of water or sport drinks before and during outdoor activities.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shade or air conditioned environments.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, so if it is suspected, call 911, officials say.
Additionally, with the hot and stagnant weather and little wind to help disperse pollutants, an air quality alert is in effect for the Oklahoma City metro area through Wednesday evening.
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It’s been hot and it’s going to stay hot — for a while.
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Edmond residents awoke to a winter wonderland and the realities of getting to their vehicles and driving on snow-packed streets. Even though the storm system began moving out of Oklahoma Friday, a state official cautioned residents to not disregard safety measures too soon.
During the coming days, the Edmond area will experience sub-freezing daytime temperatures and nighttime lows in the teens and single digits.
Council denies mosque expansion
Inadequate parking for a growing mosque led the City Council to deny a site plan request for an addition to be added to the existing structure. The vote was 4-0 with Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner abstaining.
Prayer is given in the existing 680-square-foot building at 525 N. University Drive. The 8,307-square-foot addition is needed for fellowship and recreation, said attorney Randel Shadid, representing the Islamic Society of Edmond.
“I did attend a dinner for the mosque about three weeks ago. There were 100 people who attended that to welcome home the people who go on the pilgrimage to Mecca,” Shadid said. “That’s one of their larger functions.”
City alerts public to repeat utility scam
City administrators and public safety officials are jointly warning residents of a scam that has surfaced once again in our area.
Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said a few months ago OG&E warned customers of a phone scam in which a customer is called by a person falsely representing themselves as an OG&E employee.
Monroe said the caller says if the customer doesn’t make a payment on their delinquent account in the next 45 minutes to an hour their utility services will be suspended. Monroe said the caller requests credit card information or that they purchase a money card and provide that account information.
Memorial Booster Club postpones Taste of Memorial
Because school has been canceled for today, the Taste of Memorial has been rescheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014. Taste of Memorial has food from more than 30 local restaurants such as Alvarado’s, Flatire Burgers, Fish City, Boulevard Steakhouse, Garbanzo, Chicken Express, The Meat House, Panera and Earl’s to name just a few. A silent auction will be held with more than 140 auction items from local and regional merchants. The tickets are $10 from a Memorial athlete or $15 at the door. The money raised goes to Edmond Memorial Booster Club to help support Edmond Memorial athletics.
Multicounty grand jury reconvenes
Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury reconvenes Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Grand jurors will meet Tuesday through Thursday at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, 313 N.E. 21st St. Hearings are not open to the public.
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Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, fire rescue personnel responded to a trapped victim call at Homestead Boulevard and West Danforth Road, according to the incident report filed by Fire Capt. Euel Davis. Davis stated the victim was sledding down a hill and after reaching the bottom of it became trapped in mud up past her waist.
Davis stated the area appeared to be an old pond that was being dredged, which was not so apparent with snow on the ground.
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Inhofe decries Obama judicial selections
President Barack Obama plans to place three new appointees on the D.C. Circuit Court and he has the votes to do it, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said at a recent visit to the Oklahoma Republican Party State headquarters.
“The first one is this gal Nina Pillard,” Inhofe said. “She is one of the staunchest pro-abortion persons in America. She’s been a pro-abortion leader. She’ll be on the D.C. circuit.”
In November, the Senate Republican blocked a vote on the nomination of Pillard to the D.C. Circuit. Fifty-six senators voted in favor of moving forward with the nomination.
Pillard is a tenured professor at Georgetown University. She is a former deputy assistant attorney general and a former assistant to the solicitor general.
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