Heat predictions for Tuesday get even hotter, advisory in effect

Scorching temperatures have arrived in San Antonio ahead of schedule this year.

On average, the city’s first 100 degree day occurs around June 30, according to the National Weather Service. The mercury is expected to clear the triple-digit mark on both Monday and Tuesday.

Monday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 101 degrees with a heat index — how hot it feels when humidity is factored in — as high as 105 degrees.

Tuesday will bring more of the same: a high of 102 degrees with a heat index as high as 108 degrees.

The NWS issued a heat advisory for Tuesday afternoon between noon and 7 p.m. Heat index values will range from 107 to 112 degrees within the advisory area, which covers counties east of Interstate 35 and includes Bexar County.

“Please take proper precautions to protect yourself from heat related illnesses,” the service said.

Meteorologists expect Wednesday to bring a measure of relief with temperatures dropping to 95 degrees and remaining near there through Friday.

While the heat may be here a bit early, San Antonio has faced searing conditions well before June. The local NWS office noted that in 1996, the city hit 100 degrees on Feb. 21 — four months ahead of average.

The Express-News headline the following day read “Winter springs summer surprise” and informed readers that the Bexar County Judge had issued an emergency order banning all outdoor burning.

A similar rule is in place at the moment. The county’s fire marshal reminded residents that “burning is not allowed at all” on Monday. The NWS also issued an advisory, warning people that heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in most years.

Officials listed ways for people to protect themselves and others as temperatures rise:

– Find air conditioning

– Avoid strenuous activities

– Wear light clothing

– Check on family members and neighbors

– Drink plenty of water

– Watch for heat cramps, exhaustion and stroke

– Never leave people or pets in a closed car

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