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Friday temperatures in Oklahoma City break one record, tie another

The Cleveland County Salvation Army shelter is “at the stretching point.” Meanwhile, paramedics are seeing more critical patients.
BY BRYAN PAINTER and LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Modified: August 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012

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.

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