Looking long term, and I’m talking 7 days and beyond, I see little change. If anything, once we hit the weekend, the heat should be worse. Looking at some of the new extended forecast data that is coming in tonight, I’m starting to think that we could see 103-105 in Oklahoma City early next week. I also see little to no chance for rain for central and western Oklahoma through next week.
Basically, this is the real deal. This is the nasty part of summer. The winter equivalent is when we’d have the faucets dripping and would be dressed in many layers. But, on this side of the calendar, you need to be extra careful outdoors in the afternoon and evening hours. Wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing. Make sure to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Drink plenty of water. And don’t forget to check on pets.
My forecast highs for OKC:
Thursday and Friday: 99 (but the heat index will be over 100)
Sunday and Monday: 102
I’m concerned that my forecast highs from Sunday through Tuesday may not be high enough. And on a final note, we should be at least in the upper 90s, if not the 100s through next week.