This Friday the 13th may be one of the hottest days of the year in central Oklahoma

Today could be one of the hottest days of the year so far in central Oklahoma.

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 13, 2010 at 7:38 am •  Published: August 13, 2010

Today could be one of the hottest days of the year so far in central Oklahoma.

The high is expected to reach 103 degrees with a heat index of 108 degrees in Oklahoma City.

There is a slight chance of rain tonight through the weekend, but temperatures are not expected to dip much below 98 on Sunday, despite previous forecasts that called for lower temperatures by Sunday, the National Weather Service reports.

The state medical examiner's office has confirmed that there have been seven heat-related deaths in the state this year, including a man who died mowing in south Oklahoma City Tuesday afternoon.

A heat advisory is in effect today for the Oklahoma City area and an excessive heat warning remains in effect for the Tulsa area.

The forecast for the Oklahoma City area is as follows:

Today: Sunny and hot with a high near 103. Heat index values as high as 108. South southwest wind between 8 and 14 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 82. South, southwest wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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