One day's heat brought two temperature records for Oklahoma City.
Friday morning, the temperature never dipped below 84 degrees, establishing the warmest low since record keeping began in 1891.
And then an afternoon reading of 113 degrees at Will Rogers World Airport matched Aug. 11, 1936, for the hottest official temperature ever recorded in Oklahoma City.
Even though the official temperature in the state's capital city hadn't reached 112 degrees in almost 76 years, it met or topped that mark each of the first three days of August.
“The conditions are similar to all those legendary hot periods of the past,” said Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. “A sustained drought bringing with it lots of dead and dying vegetation, ground baked hard, and a strong upper-level ridge overhead complete the ingredients.”
Heat shelters in the Oklahoma City metro area are experiencing more traffic as temperatures linger in the triple digits.
The Cleveland County Salvation Army heat shelter in Norman is “at the stretching point” when it comes to space and donations, Salvation Army spokeswoman Heide Brandes said.
“We are pretty packed with this heat. Normally, we see this during ice storms, but the heat is just dangerous,” she said.
Donations of towels, ice, Gatorade, fruit and juice are needed, she said. To help, call Kristen Martin at 364-9910.
The Emergency Medical Services Authority responded to 15 heat-related calls Thursday, EMSA spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said.
“The heat has created some critical transports for patients in the Oklahoma City metro area,” O'Leary said. “It is very concerning for paramedics because the body will begin to wear down. When you have one or two or three days of where we are setting records, the healthiest individual that succumbs to heat illness could possibly become a critical transport.”
This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report showed 99 percent of Oklahoma is experiencing severe to exceptional drought.
Friday was the sixth consecutive day at or above 105 degrees in Oklahoma City.
Also Friday, Kingfisher topped the 120 Oklahoma Mesonet weather network stations for the third straight day, McManus said. Kingfisher had a high temperature of 115 degrees Wednesday, followed by 114 degrees Thursday and again Friday.
El Reno followed closely at 113 degrees. The heat has been persistent even through the night in many areas of Oklahoma. Guthrie's low for Friday was 87 degrees.