The heat is back.Washed out just a few days ago by a cold front and heavy rains, summer is taking hold in North Texas and forecasters say it’s going to be around for several days.A heat advisory remains in effect for most of North Texas until 10 p.m. Friday. The areas affected are east of a line from Graham to Killeen including the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Sherman and Waco. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also has issued an ozone action day for the Fort Worth/Dallas area. High levels of ozone air pollution are expected. Officials encourage residents to ride a bicycle, share a ride or walk.Temperatures will range from 97 degrees to 102 degrees with heat index readings near 105 degrees.Triple-digit temperatures hit North Texas for the first time on July 13 and again the next day, but a cold front blew in from the northwest last week, bringing with it rain and cooler temperatures and ending the first real heat wave in the area.Now sizzling temperatures have returned.MedStar officials responded to five heat-related calls in the area on Wednesday. Two people were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment of heat-related disorders.MedStar is ready for more of the same today, and officials have paramedics prepared for the heat.“For our staff, eight bottles of ice water are on every unit for the crew,” MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said Thursday. “Supervisors have replenishment supplies as well, and they will deliver to them at hospitals.”Forecasters and emergency care officials ask residents to check on people with health problems and the elderly who may suffer from heat exhaustion and heatstroke because of the scorching temperatures. Authorities also noted that pets and children should not be left in closed vehicles for any length of time when temperatures are near 100 degrees.Salvation Army officials said Thursday that cooling stations remain open at 15 locations in a five-county area in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. Three of them are in Tarrant County. The station at The Salvation Army Shelter, 1855 E. Lancaster, in Fort Worth is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The stations at 712 W. Abram St. in Arlington and the facility at the Northside Corps, 3023 NW 24th St., in Fort Worth are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.“We will continue to have them available the rest of the summer,” said Pat Patey of The Salvation Army DFW on Thursday. “The stations provide hydration and a cool environment.”Temperatures will be in the high 90s or at 100 for the next several days, including the weekend.“The normal temperature at this time of year is 96 degrees,” said meteorologist Jesse Moore at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “So we will have some heat for the next few days.”Rain chances return on Monday when forecasters say North Texas will have a 20 percent chance.A cold front arrives Tuesday, bringing with it much cooler temperatures and more rain chances.Highs on Wednesday could be in the mid-80s to lower 90s with a 30 percent chance of rain.
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