NWS changes criteria for issuing a Heat Advisory for SE Texas

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The National Weather Service has updated the Heat Advisory criteria for southeast Texas

The National Weather Service has updated the Heat Advisory criteria for southeast Texas. A Heat Advisory will be issued when the heat index rises to 108 or when the temperature reaches 103. Unlike last year, these criteria only need to be met or forecasted for one day for the advisory to go into effect.

A new advisory named Excessive Heat Warning has been added to the list for this year. It will be issued when the temperature reaches 105 or the heat index reaches 113.

Whether it's an advisory or a warning, take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe this summer. If you have to be outside, wear loose fitting, light colored clothing. Hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water and stay away from alcoholic beverages as they tend to dehydrate you. And always remember to check the back seat for children and pets. Temperatures can easily rise above 150 inside a car on a hot sunny day.

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