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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

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.