North Texas Begins Stretch Of Triple Digit Heat

Alan Scaia
July 17, 2018 - 6:48 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of North Texas. The advisory runs through Wednesday afternoon, but the weather service expects high temperatures to reach triple digits every day at least through this weekend.

In Fort Worth, the ambulance provider responded to ten calls about the heat Monday. Five of those ten people had to go to the hospital.

"When you have one heat victim, you may have multiple," says MedStar's Matt Zavadsky. "They've all been outside, they've all been at the construction site, they've all been at the cookout."

Two kids were also rescued from a hot car Monday. Both kids were treated at the scene; neither had to go to the hospital.

Zavadsky says people who know they will spend time in the heat can take action before they leave home.

"Please, please, please hydrate," he says. "The number one thing you can do is hydrate. If you know you're going to be outside, hydrate before you go out. If you've already gotten thirsty, your body is behind the curve."

MedStar has been responding to more calls about the heat this year and uses its "Extreme Weather policy" when it feels like 105 degrees or hotter. MedStar responds to calls about the heat at a higher priority to limit the amount of time patients or paramedics will spend outside.