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Part of South grapples with dangerous heat wave

Part of South grapples with dangerous heat wave

Laredo, Texas, set a new record high temperature of 109 degrees on Monday, ABC reported. "Heat Indices will further climb to between 100 and 104 degrees this afternoon, just shy of the 105-degree Heat Advisory threshold", according to the statement.

The National Weather Service said the advisory would begin at 1 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. The heat wave has brought five consecutive days of record-breaking or tied minimum temperature highs in the state with daily low temperatures as high as 86 degrees.

It was expected to feel like 116 degrees (46.7 Celsius) in parts of eastern Oklahoma, near Tulsa, on Monday, forecasters said. Huntsville's heat index was 110ºF, but the high was only 94ºF. The heat index in Tulsa Monday will be near 115 degrees with an actual temperature of 102 degrees, the weather service reported.

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By Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, you'll start to notice a drop in the humidity. Tomorrow a cold front arrives with numerous showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Dunn said the Lampasas area will see a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, though most of the storm activity probably will occur to the north.

That means people spending time outdoors should take breaks in the shade, drink plenty of water, wear hats and light-colored clothing, among other precautions, he said.