The entire Bellaire area will be under a heat advisory beginning at noon and running until 1 a.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued the heat advisory because forecast heat index values are expected to reach or exceed 108 this afternoon.
Peak heat index values of 108-100 are expected between noon and 6 p.m.
The weather service said heat stroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible with prolonged or physicial exposure to the blistering afternoon temperatures.
Those having to be outside are urged to take precautions, including rescheduling strenuous activities to early morning or evening, if possible. Residents are encouraged to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded location.
Heat stroke is a true medical emergency and medical assistance should be called.
Each year, a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to children being left in vehicles during the summer months. In the past dozen years, some 500 children have died due to hyperthermia after being left in, or gaining access to, cars.
Children – and pets – should never be left unattended in a vehicle, even for a brief period of time.
Today’s high is expected to reach 102, with a heat index value of 110. Afternoon highs are expected to reach or exceed the century mark for the remainder of the week.