With summer upon us, vacation means all kinds of outdoor activities. 

Thing is, if you’re from Texas and have lived here more than a year, you already know that Independence Day pretty much marks the launch of truly hot, dangerous weather.

This year is certainly no exception and as they say, “here we go” with temps in the “feels like” 105 to 110 range. Yikes!

This summer, the National Weather Service,or NWS, wants you to be prepared for this kind of heat, so here’s the NWS outlook for the next week, and since this will be posted online on Independence Day, we’re starting with the 4th of July: 

Monday through Saturday, there’s a chance of thunderstorms with a danger of cloud-to-ground lightning and heavy rain possible on some days. 

About that lightning, the NWS wants to remind us: There IS no safe place outdoors when it comes to lightning. In addition a few strong thunderstorms are possible during the afternoon that could produce wind gusts over 50 mph.

As for the rest of the week, heat index values will rise to between 105 and 110 across parts of the region Tuesday through Wednesday – Yikes! again − due to a combination of the heat and humidity.

Bottom line: The NWS asks us all to remember that heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. 

Their website − http://tinyurl.com/Heat-NWS− is designed to inform you about the health dangers of heat, prepare you for excessive heat events, and tell you what to do during a heat wave. 

This site includes vital information about the dangers of leaving children, pets or anyone with limited mobility alone in a car even for a few minutes in what might seem like mild weather. 

There you’ll find information about protecting yourself from the heat, educational materials and resources on how the NWS keeps you aware of potentially dangerous situations. 

You’ll also find games and activities to help educate your children about the dangers of heat and links for more information.