Oklahoma City reached the 100-degree mark for the first time in 2014 Saturday afternoon.
A National Weather Service observation site at Will Rogers World Airport reported a temperature of 100 degrees shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday.
It was the first time temperatures reached 100 in Oklahoma City since Aug. 31 of 2013, said Daryl Williams, a forecaster at the National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office.
Williams said the average date for the first 100 degree day in the Oklahoma City area is July 9, though temperatures have reached that mark as early as April and as late as September.
“There have been several years where there were no 100-degree days, the most recent being 2004,” Williams said.
Much of Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area, was under a heat advisory Saturday. That advisory will remain in effect for several counties in southern and eastern Oklahoma until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Tulsa, Pawnee and Osage counties were under a more severe excessive heat warning Saturday. That warning also remains in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Paramedics treated nine people Saturday for heat-related illnesses and three were taken to metro area hospitals in good condition, EMSA spokeswoman Lara O’Leary said.
That brings the total to 35 people treated for heat-related illnesses since Tuesday when EMSA issued a Heat Alert that is still in effect.
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 with the National Weather Service’s Norman office predicted high temperatures will continue through Sunday in the Oklahoma City area with milder temperatures and chances for rain returning for the rest of the week.
There have been several years where there were no 100-degree days, the most recent being 2004.”
a forecaster at the National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office