Oklahoma City ties three temperature records Monday

BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Published: June 28, 2011

In one day, Oklahoma City tied two temperature records for the month of June and tied a record for June 27.

The high reached 103 degrees Monday at Will Rogers World Airport, tying the most triple-digit June highs in the city at nine. That equals the number of days at or above 100 degrees in June 1933. The records date to 1896.

In addition, Monday marked the 27th day Oklahoma City has reached or exceeded 90 degrees this month. That tied a 100-year-old record.

Although the forecast is for a high of 95 degrees Tuesday in Oklahoma City, triple digits are expected to return Wednesday, which would break the record.

The 103 degrees Monday also tied the record for the warmest high temperature for June 27 in Oklahoma City, matching the high that date in 1994.

High temperatures Monday in the state included 110 degrees at Walters in southern Oklahoma. In Tulsa, a high of 104 degrees set a record for June 27 in Tulsa. The previous record high was 102 degrees in 1936, 1956 and 1980.

Precautions urged

The American Red Cross has several suggestions for staying safe in extreme heat. Listen to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service. Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles. And stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.

People are encouraged to eat small meals and eat more often, and they should wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Adjust your daily routine if possible to stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

The Red Cross also encourages Oklahomans to check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air-conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

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