August heat increase late week into weekend

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The National Weather Service said a ridge of high pressure aloft will build and strengthen over the Southern Plains and north Texas late this week into the weekend. A return to above normal heat is expected with highs climbing into the upper 90s to 104 degrees for several days on end.

In addition, humidity will begin returning to the area with increasing south winds near 15 mph each day. As a result, few areas could see heat index values reach or exceed 105 degrees Wednesday and beyond. Most areas will remain hot and dry into the weekend.

If you have outdoor activities planned late this week into the weekend, make sure to wear sunscreen, light weight and colored clothing, drink plenty of water or non-carbonated beverages, and take frequent breaks to avoid heat exhaustion.

Children, the elderly, and outdoor pets should be monitored closely. In addition, be smart and beat the heat. Check the back seat. Never leave children or pets in vehicles, even for just a few minutes.