SAN ANGELO – The National Weather Service office in San Angelo has issued a Heat Advisory for all of West Central Texas as afternoon high temperatures Wednesday are expected to soar to 108 degrees.
The Heat Advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The area most impacted will be along and north of a line from San Angelo to San Saba but the entire region is dangerous. There is also a Wildfire Danger Advisory in effect for the same area from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Experts are warning that extreme high temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur and advise everyone who is outside to drink plenty of fluids, take frequent breaks, check on neighbors and stay in an air-conditioned room if possible. Take special care of children and pets. Make sure outdoor pets have plenty of shade and water and never leave a child or a pet in a locked vehicle for even a second.
The very hot temperatures will combine with very low humidity and strong, gusty winds to create extreme wildfire danger region wide. Elevated to critical wildfire danger will exist across the area through the end of the week.
There is a slight chance of some short-lived scattered showers and thunderstorms forming Wednesday evening east of a Sweetwater to Haskell line but the chance is very slight.
Exerts warn that any activity that could create a spark outdoors could cause a wildfire to spread out of control and threaten property and lives. Residents should avoid activities like outdoor cooking, welding and hauling trailers with steel safety chains.
There have been multiple wildfires in the area and Volunteer Fire Departments are stretched thin already so residents are urged to do their part to prevent wildfires.
This is a dangerous and developing situation.