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August 1, 2013

Heat wave to begin August

GREENVILLE — Greenville reached the triple digits again Wednesday.

Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, reported a high temperature of 100 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

It marked the second day in a row, and the fourth time since Memorial Day, that Greenville had recorded an official high of 100 degrees.

After a fairly cool July came to a close Wednesday, August is expected to get off to a blazing start, with high temperatures at or near the triple digits through the upcoming weekend.

The National Weather Service forecast was calling for mostly sunny and hot conditions today, with a high near 99 and heat index values — what it feels like when the humidity is considered — as high as 104. East southeast wind around 5 mph.

The highs are forecast to reach the upper 90s to near 100 through at least Sunday, and perhaps through Wednesday of next week, with no rain included under the forecast.

The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends the following tips to help deal with the heat:

— Stay in an air-conditioned area, either at home or in a public place. If air conditioning is not available, pull the shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms.

— Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid drinks that are heavily sweetened or contain caffeine.

— Wear sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 or higher.

— Check on children often, especially if they are playing outside in high temperatures.

— Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle in hot weather, even for a short time.

— Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower.

—  Take frequent breaks when working outside.

— Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing. Shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella.

— Check frequently on the elderly and those who are ill or may need help.

— Check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription drugs, especially diuretics or antihistamines.

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