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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Camping limits enacted at Arcadia Lake
The Edmond City Council approved a 14-day limit consecutively for camping at Arcadia Lake this week. The vote was 4-0.
The Fish & Game Commission approved the recommendation in February when Edmond Parks and Recreation Director Craig Dishman discussed the policy. A camper can move to any site within the 14-day limit, Dishman said.
“They can go to another park at Arcadia Lake — to Scissor Tail or Central State Park — something like that,” Dishman said. “We’re trying to minimize the permanent residents that has kind of taken place out there.”
The new ordinance is consistent with state parks in Oklahoma, he said. It would be in effect from March 1 through Oct. 31.
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Crews battle Logan County wildfire
Crews from multiple fire departments battle a wildfire in the vicinity of Liberty Lake in Logan County. At about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, a Logan County deputy reported the fire located near the northwest end of the lake, said Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow. Firefighters from Guthrie, Oak Cliff, Deer Creek, Crescent and Coyle responded. Harlow said cause of the fire, which was burning brush piles in a wooded area, was not known. A county bulldozer was going to the scene to knock down the brush piles. Due to high winds, low humidity and brisk winds the area was under a Red Flag Warning until 8 p.m. Thursday. A wind advisory was in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday. At 3:53 p.m. Tuesday, humidity was 25 percent, winds were gusting to 28 mph and the temperature was 79 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. The National Weather Service stated outdoor burning is not recommended. Citizens are urged to report smoke to their local fire department.
Forrest Gump actor says he wants to help America’s Lieutenant Dans
It is important to build a community of support around a wounded warrior, actor Gary Sinise said.
Sinise visited Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Research in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to help change the life of an American hero. He was accompanied by retired U.S. Army SSG Rusty Dunagan of Edmond, a triple amputee injured in Afghanistan.
Edmond’s new board member takes oath of office
Cynthia Benson took the oath of office as the Edmond Public School District’s newest school board member Monday.
Benson was elected by voters to represent District 4 in the Feb. 11 election by a vote of 253 to 217 defeating Stephanie Bills.
Judge sets trial date in Arcadia double homicide
An Oklahoma County judge has scheduled an October trial date for the defendant charged in the Arcadia Independence Day 2013 double homicide.
Court issues arrest warrant in Edmond case
An Oklahoma County judge has issued an arrest warrant for a Deer Creek man facing felony drug and firearm charges.
Guthrie gains surplus armored vehicle
The City of Guthrie recently received a six-wheel drive BAE Caiman MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protective) into its fleet.
The MRAPs are retired military vehicles made available to law enforcement agencies nationwide through local law enforcement support organizations operating under the Federal Surplus Property Donation Program and the Department of Defense.
Guthrie Chief of Police Damon Devereaux said his department has participated in the surplus property program in the past and decided to bid for the MRAP.
USGS records 3.7 magnitude quake near Langston
A 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred Tuesday morning in Logan County.
At 7:55 a.m., the quake occurred 3 miles south-southwest of Langston and 20 miles northeast of Edmond, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Residents in Langston, Guthrie, Wellston, Nicoma Park, Enid, Stillwater and Broken Arrow reported feeling the tremor on the USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” page.
Santa Fe High presents Pirates of Penzance
The “Pirates of Penzance” is one of the most popular light operas of all times. It is filled with humorous musical numbers, lots of action, some spoken dialogue to further the plot, a happy ending and a good-natured lampooning of traditional Italian opera.
3-11 Found Pets
This is a list of animals that have been found and are at the Edmond Animal Shelter, at Interstate 35 and Covell in the Cross Timbers Municipal Complex. Call the shelter at 216-7615 for more information.
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