It’s Crazy Hot In Amarillo, And We’ve All Forgotten How To Act
Man it's been HOT out here the last few days hasn't it? Temps have been creeping into the 100 degree range, and it kind of feels like it came out of nowhere. I keep wanting to go outside and grill, but I don't want to be around a flame.
It's not just that it's too hot outside, we're actually breaking records all over the Texas Panhandle, and it looks like we could be doing it for a few more days.
On Monday, 7/24 we recorded a high of 103 here in Amarillo, and that knocked off the record of 101 for that day that was set back in 2000. Amarillo wasn't alone though, as Dalhart jumped in at 105 and Borger hit a steaming 107. Both of those cities crushed previous records set for Monday.
With a couple of more days with highs projected in the 100 degree or above range, it's taking away some of the things we like to do. For example, Palo Duro Canyon State Park has been closing some of their trails early because of the potential for heat stroke to occur. It gets even hotter inside the canyon.
It seems a lot of us have forgotten how to deal with the heat. I mean up until now, it's been a relatively mild summer. Not to mention the humidity in the air is higher than it usually is thanks to all the water we previously got.
If you're headed outdoors, it's imperative to remember a couple of things. One, wear loose fitting clothing. Your body needs to be able to breathe a bit if you're out in the heat that long and tight fitting clothes don't allow that. Make sure you're wearing light colors too.
Be on the lookout for heat stroke. There are signs that are easily readable, and if you find yourself with any of them, you should immediately find shade and start sipping on some cold water. A few of these signs include a throbbing headache, no sweating, and a rapid or strong pulse.