It was bound to happen eventually.
The high temperature in Oklahoma City is expected to reach 101 degrees Saturday. That would be the city’s first triple-digit day of the year, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network.
With sweltering conditions continuing through the weekend, Oklahoma City-area paramedics reminded residents to be careful when working outside.
The National Weather Service’s Norman office issued a heat advisory for most of central and western Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area. That advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters predict afternoon heat-index values could climb as high as 105 degrees.
Emergency Medical Services Authority officials issued a heat alert Tuesday, warning residents of dangerous conditions. That alert will remain in effect until temperatures drop substantially.
Paramedics responded to seven heat-related emergency calls by 3:45 p.m. Friday, EMSA spokeswoman Lara O’Leary said.
Anyone who must be outdoors in extreme heat should drink more fluids that don’t contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours and cut down on exercise during the hottest part of the day, according to the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Health officials recommend staying indoors in an air-conditioned space.
Forecasters predict high temperatures will continue through Sunday before a cold front brings unseasonably cool temperatures and chances for rain back to the area. Monday’s predicted high temperature will only climb to 87 degrees, with a 30 percent chance for rain, according to the National Weather Service.
Showers and thunderstorms will become more likely by midweek, forecasters said.