Hey Fort Worth, it's HOT!
As the summer heat continues to sit over North Texas with record-setting, 100-plus-degree temperatures, power outages and heat-related calls are climbing.
There were 37 total heat-related calls in Tarrant County this weekend, including a child left in a hot car, with 27 people transported to area hospitals, said Medstar spokesman Matt Zavadsky.
Medstar responded to 19 heat-related calls in the county on Sunday, with 11 individuals being transported to local hospitals. There were 18 heat-related calls on Saturday.
Oncor Electric reported 12 power outages affecting 1,982 customers in Fort Worth; 29 outages were affecting 376 customers in Arlington; and 30 outages were affecting 382 customers in Dallas and Plano as of 5 p.m. Sunday. Multiple stores in the Presidio Junction Shopping Center in the 3000 block of North Tarrant Parkway had to shutter their doors due to power outages.
The Target store in the shopping center remained open Sunday evening running on a backup generator, according to Target store officials.
Power was restored to all the 1,982 customers in Fort Worth by 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oncor reported.
Fort Worth police wrote on their Facebook page on Friday afternoon, “RECORD heat (and when it’s a record that means it’s HOT) this weekend. NEVER EVER leave your children (or pets) unattended in your vehicle, even for one minute.”
Heat Safety tips from the Fort Worth Police Department
- Touch a child’s safety seat and safety belt before using it to ensure it’s not too hot.
- Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down, even for just a few minutes.
- Teach your children not to play in, or around cars. Children can accidentally lock themselves in a hot vehicle.
- Always make sure your children have left the vehicle when you reach your destination.
- Keep your keys out of children’s reach. Always lock the doors and trunk to your vehicle.
On Friday, six people were transported to area hospitals for heat-related incidents. On Saturday, due to the heat index climbing above 105, MedStar implemented its extreme weather response procedure.
“Patients located outside in an unprotected area, we upgrade the priority of the response to limit the patient and responders from exposure to extreme heat,” Zavadsky said.
MedStar went on to respond to three heat-related calls by 12:30 p.m. Saturday and finished the day with 18 calls, including a child left in a hot car who was transported to Cooks Children’s Hospital.
The child was listed in stable condition as of Sunday evening.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is in the midst of a historic heat streak.
Over the past four days, the metroplex has seen record high temperatures, including Sunday’s high of 109 reported at DFW Airport.
On Monday, it should be mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain through the day. But it will still be hot with a high around 103 and northeast winds at 5 to 10 mph. The heat index will remain at dangerous levels up to 108.
“That heat index represents exactly what the body feels as far as the temperature,” said meteorologist Dennis Cain of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “The humidity is considerably drier still (less moisture in the air) in the afternoon — around 15 percent to 20 percent — than it is in the mornings when it’s around 50 percent.”
Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and lows around 80. Winds will be out of the northeast at 10 to 15 mph, tapering off to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. That will bring temperatures down as the week progress, forecasters say.
“It will still be above normal but not as hot,” said Cain. “The temperatures will be lower by 6 to 8 degrees but the heat index will remain in the dangerous level between 102 and 106 degrees.”
Tuesday will be cooler, slightly, with partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 90s. Tuesday night lows will dip into the upper 70s with light winds, according to the weather service.
On Wednesday, highs will climb back to around 100, but the nightly lows will remain in the upper 70s. It should be about the same Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Sunday should be mostly sunny in the morning before clouds move in keeping highs in the upper 90s, the weather service says.