The National Weather Service on Monday issued a heat advisory urging Brazos Valley residents to take caution while exposed to hot temperatures, and to not leave children or pets inside vehicles.
The weather service shortly after 4 a.m. issued the advisory for southeast Texas areas - including Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison and Washington counties - effective through 8 p.m. Forecasters said they expected heat index values -- how hot it feels -- from 105 to 110 degrees in the advisory area.
The service also issued a heat advisory for north Texas areas including Leon, Milam and Robertson counties through 8 p.m. Forecasters expected temperatures up to near 100 degrees, with heat index values between 105 and 108.
Weather officials said anyone who will be outside should avoid prolonged exposure or strenuous physical activity in the heat, and urged people to drink plenty of fluids, noting that alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can increase the rate of water loss in their bodies. They also suggest wearing lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and wearing a hat.
Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles, officials said, warning that this especially is true during hot weather when temperatures inside vehicles can become lethal within minutes. They also urge residents to check on those with health problems and the elderly.