With the heat index reaching above 100 degrees across Southeast Texas this week, Brazoria County officials are warning residents to stay hydrated and safe.
Oppressive, dangerous heat is expected to continue into the weekend, with the hottest temperatures forecast to come today, according to the National Weather Service. Today, the heat index is expected to be as high as 106 degrees in areas of Brazoria County, forecasts show.
Protecting against the draining effects of hot, humid weather is an ongoing process, National Weather Service Meteorologist Kent Prochazka said.
“Hydrate before you go out,” he said. “Continue to drink water while you are out. Take frequent breaks.”
To avoid overheating, give your body a chance to recover from long periods of time by sitting in the shade, Prochazka said.
It’s not uncommon to have areas feeling like 100-plus degrees in June, Prochazka said.
“Certainly, this isn’t record-breaking territory of any sort,” he said. “The Gulf of Mexico is very warm.”
There could be some cloud cover Saturday and into Sunday to provide some relief, however, Prochazka said.
“It might not be quite so hot this weekend,” he said.
To help with the heat, the Brazoria County Library System is working on final arrangements to serve as cooling centers, county spokeswoman Sharon Trower said.
“All 12 libraries will participate,” she said. “They are working on arrangements to get that in place. We just want people to be safe and not be out in the heat.”
She advises people drink a lot of water and limit their outdoor activities, Trower said.
“Just work outdoors early or late in the evening if you have to work outside,” she said.
It’s been consistently warm out, Brazoria County Precinct 1 road crew member Joe Alvarado said.
“It feels like it’s 108 degrees outside,” he said.
When laying asphalt out, he makes sure his crew takes the proper precautions to stay safe, Alvarado said.
“They wear cool clothing,” he said.
Alvarado, who has been a road crew member for about 30 years, knows the dangers of heat, having been sent to the hospital because of its effects, he said.
“You are the only one who knows your body,” he said. “Don’t overdo it. You’re the only one who knows how you feel. You just got to watch yourself.”
He is grateful the police department has not gotten any heat-related calls, Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey said.
“We have been blessed,” he said. “We haven’t had one call like that. It is definitely getting hot out there.”