Weather: Heat Warning for Texas Over 105-Degree Forecast

Texans have been issued a weather warning as the National Weather Service (NWS) says temperatures could hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

The NWS Service for Midland/Odessa, Texas, issued an alert on Tuesday and warned of rising temperatures.

A heat advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, according to the message. Temperatures are expected to reach 95 in the mountains, 105 in the plains, and 110 along the Rio Grande.

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Stock image of a thermometer reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Texans have been issued a weather warning as the National Weather Service says temperatures could skyrocket to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Getty

The message said this was most applicable to Mitchell, Terrell and Lower Brewster Counties, and Davis Mountains.

The warning also said that the hot temperatures could cause heat-related illness and gave advice on how avoid this.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors," the NWS message said.

"Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances."

The warning also reflected on the reality that some people will still have to work during the intense weather.

"Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening," the warning continued.

"Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

"To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency."

The two main heat-related illnesses are heatstroke and heat exhaustion. We've listed the symptoms of both below.

Heatstroke, according to Mayo Clinic:

  • High body temperature. A core body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) or higher, obtained with a rectal thermometer, is the main sign of heatstroke.
  • Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
  • Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly moist.
  • Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
  • Headache. Your head may throb.

Heat exhaustion, according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache

The record-setting heatwave has also driven up the demand for power across the state.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) asked citizens to cut back their energy usage between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday to help reduce the chance of a blackout.