Highs in the mid-90s, variable cloud cover and only slight chances for rain are in the forecast for U.S. Senior Open week at Oak Tree National.
Public safety officials have said the heat and potential medical issues are their primary concern during the tournament, which is July 10-13. Practice rounds are set for Monday through Wednesday. Related potential problems include dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
For those attending, folks at the Emergency Medical Services Authority recommend beginning properly hydrating yourself early in the day (water is best), wearing light, loose-fitting cotton clothing and a wide-brimmed hat and seeking shade or air conditioning if you feel very hot.
Other suggestions include avoiding alcoholic beverages or drinks with caffeine, which can speed up fluid loss, not bundling a baby in blankets or heavy clothing because infants do not tolerate heat well due to their developing sweat glands and, finally, use common sense.
In case you find yourself needing medical attention, first aid stations will be located at the main entrance, which is near the parking area at Kelly and Waterloo, and at the club house.
Events begin bright and early Monday, when players will be teeing off for their first practice round. The Weather Channel forecast for Edmond calls for sunny skies, 11 mph winds out of the south-southwest and a high near 96.
The forecast for Tuesday — Military Appreciation Day — includes mostly sunny skies, a high near 96 and a measly 10 percent chance of rain. Colors will be presented and “The National Anthem” will be played at 7 a.m. At 2 p.m., there will be an exhibition on the practice range featuring professionals Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin and Folds of Honor Foundation members Maj. Dan Rooney and Maj. Ed Pulido. It is also day two of practice rounds and all military personnel and their families will be admitted free.
During the rest of the week, winds will continue to be in the 10-12 mph range with highs in the mid-90s. The final round forecast includes more sun than clouds and a high near 95 with a 10 percent chance of rain, according to MyForecast.com.
Likewise, the National Weather Service forecast for Edmond includes no rain chances for Monday-Wednesday with highs
in the mid-90s and variable degrees of cloud cover.
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