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Expect Extreme Heat Across West Texas Today

Record-breaking heat will reach much of West Texas Monday, bringing afternoon highs in the triple digits throughout the Rio Grande, Trans-Pecos and the Permian Basin.

The National Weather Service expects the heat will break all-time records in the region. On Sunday, Midland broke its record high for the month of August, reaching a temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit. That newly reached record will be short-lived, as the Tall City is expected to see afternoon highs today around 113. In Alpine, highs will reach 105; Marfa will see afternoon temperatures near 104; Presidio will warm to 111.

With the extreme heat, the National Weather Service is advising West Texans to take several precautions.

  • Try to avoid being outdoors, limiting any outside activity to the early morning or evening.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take frequent breaks in the air conditioning if you have to be outside.
  • Wear light-colored clothing.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a vehicle.
  • Be aware of the signs of heat-related illness, like heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

You can find other heat safety tips from here.

Carlos Morales is Marfa Public Radio's News Director.