Heat Illness Reports Prompt *Heat Advisory* until Saturday

The National Weather Service will often issue a *Heat Advisory* for Texoma each summer but the reason this one has been issued is slightly different than normal.

The actual criteria for a *Heat Advisory* is overnight low heat index reading remain at or above 80 and afternoon heat index of 105+ for at least 3 hours.

But this time the N.W.S. has issued the advisory because regional public health officials have informed the service that they are receiving a spike in heat related illness and have concern that Texoman's may not be taking care of themselves.  Therefore by issuing the advisory both groups hope to increase awareness for Texomans to take better care of themselves during this extreme heat event.

One of the reasons this is becoming a problem is the heat has gone on for such a long period of time.  Most heat waves don't last weeks, they last days.  And, most human bodies can handle that type of heat intensity but for those that work outside daily or decide to spend large amounts of time outdoors daily during this type of heat it breaks down the body subtly and slowly.  And according to the public health officials we are reaching a tipping point where folks bodies are beginning to be effected by the long term exposure.

So if it is possible please reduce outdoor strenuous activity.  And please continue to check on those elderly family and friends that might not have air conditioning.

Also, we continue our KFDX Fan Drive 2011.  Just drop off your gently used or new fans at our studios at 4500 Seymour Highway in Wichita Falls from 9am until 5pm.  We will make sure they get to the proper charities that will give them out to those in need.

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