Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Dangerous heat grips parts of 13 states in South, Midwest

Dangerous heat grips parts of 13 states in South, Midwest

High temperatures combined with the humidity, it will make it feel like it it much hotter with heat index values in the 105° to 115° range.

"It is interesting that as summer has gone on, I have certainly seen more heat illness", said Prewitt. "You've got to stop and take breaks and drink water".

After a dip in the heat index Monday evening, the index is expected to continue to rise, meteorologists said.

Our area was placed under an excessive heat warning Monday.

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A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for northeast Dewey, southeast Woodward and southwest Major counties until 5:30 a storm was located over Seiling, moving northeast at 15 miles per hour. West Memphis, Arkansas came close with a heat index of 119 degrees. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m.

In northern Alabama, forecasters with the weather service's Huntsville office said Monday they issued the first "excessive heat warning" for the area in more than seven years. "There's a weak cold front flying down through Oklahoma". If you work or spend time outside, when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity could quickly cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

People cool off in a fountain during a heat wave called a "heat dome" in the Manhattan borough of New York, July 23, 2016.

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