Saharan dust, heat in store for Monday, this week

July 16, 2018 - 7:22 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Hazy conditions will continue today as African dust continues to blow into the area, combined with some of the hottest temperatures we've seen all year.

Forecast temperatures are expected to be near 100 today, and above 100 for the rest of the week and beyond, with afternoon heat index values reaching as high as 105 to 108.

The Saharan dust adds to problems for those with respiratory issues. While the dust is expected to hang around for much of the week, today is expected to be the worst for those sensitive groups.

Forecasters say you can avoid heat-related illnesses by reducing, eliminating, or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities to the coolest times of the day. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks preferably in an air conditioned area and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Children, elderly, and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Look before you lock!

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