It’s Texas in July and sure enough, we’re heading into triple-digit temperatures this week, starting on Thursday and into the weekend.
We’re looking at a possible 100 degrees through Sunday, with rain possible next Monday night and thunderstorms likely next Tuesday.
Of course you may have already heard the “feels like” factor on weather forecasts indicating that while the actual temperature reading on the thermometer was only in the upper 90s, it “feels like” it was in the 100s.
According to Intellicast.com, the “Feels Like Index" is a factored mixture of the Wind Chill Factor and the Heat Index. The combination of the heat index and the wind chill factor are denoted collectively by the single terms "apparent temperature" or "relative outdoor temperature" or simply "feels like."
“Wind chill is the apparent temperature felt on exposed skin, which is a function of the air temperature and wind speed.
“The heat index is an index that combines air temperature and dew point in an attempt to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature — how hot it feels, termed the felt air temperature.”
The bottom line? We’re likely to see real temperatures of 100 degrees later this week, but the “feels like” factor will be several degrees higher than that. Point is, plan your activities accordingly and be sure not to leave kids or fur buddies in the car alone, even for a minute or two.
It’s going to be a scorcher out there this week and deadly heat stroke can set in very rapidly.