Heat wave coming

The hottest weather of the year so far is scheduled to descend upon Hunt County and North Texas today and if Greenville doesn’t officially record its first hit 100 degree high officially, it will certainly feel like the triple digits.

The hottest weather of the year so far is scheduled to descend upon Hunt County and North Texas today and if Greenville doesn’t officially record its first hit 100 degree high officially, it will certainly feel like the triple digits.

The National Weather Service has posted a Heat Advisory, starting at 1 p.m. today and continuing through 8 p.m. Wednesday, for Hunt County and the surrounding area.

A Heat Advisory means afternoon heat index values, what it feels like when the humidity is factored in with the temperature, are expected to meet or exceed 105 degrees for at least two consecutive days.

Temperatures are forecast to reach between 95 and 100 today and Wednesday, with heat index values between 105 to 110 degrees. Heat exhaustion or stroke may set in if individuals and pets are not adequately cooled and/or hydrated.

The temperature at Majors Field Airport in Greenville climbed to 97 degrees again Monday afternoon, with a heat index value of 106 degrees.

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.