The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Wednesday which remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.
Temperatures may reach up to 110 degrees while the advisory is in effect, though heat index values are projected to stay between 105-109 degrees.
The extreme heat will increase the dangers of heat related illnesses and fatalities, NWS said, warning residents to take precautions. The NWS advises residents to check on those with health problems and the elderly as they are the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages outdoor workers to take frequent breaks in the shade or air-conditioning.
Of course, motorists should never leave young children or pets in an enclosed vehicle for any length of time.
The heat has continued to fuel wildfire risks in Erath County. A burn ban is not in place but fire officials urge all residents to postpone burning and any activity that could potentially spark a fire. Commissioners will consider a burn ban Monday.
The latest local weather conditions is available at yourstephenvilletx.com/weather.