Continuing heat wave danger to elders, children

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High temperatures have Mexia residents staying inside to keep cool. The Mexia Incommons bank sign, which displays the temperature, shows one of the hottest temperatures of the summer so far. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

You don’t need a calendar to know it’s August: Just step outside.

The blisteringly hot temperatures that returned last week are expected to continue for at least the rest of this week. The National Weather Service predicts sunny days with highs of 100 degrees for today through Friday. Highs should dip to 97 Saturday and 96 Sunday, due to a 20-percent chance of rain both days.

“Wednesday should be the hottest day of the week over most of North Texas… with temps a degree or so cooler Thursday and Friday,” the NWS forecast discussion stated.

Baking hot temperatures aren’t helping the ongoing drought situation, either, which has been going on in most of the state for three years.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, used to determine forest fire potential, ranges from 0 to 800. A KDBI of 0 is water-logged soil to a depth of at least 8 inches, while 800 represents bone dry conditions to that same depth.

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