It's not fair, but for some ungodly reason, North Texas is staring down a forecast that calls for nearly 10 consecutive days of temperatures over 100. In 2017, Dallas didn't see its first heat wave until mid-July.
People, it's still May.
In response, the city of Dallas' Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has activated an Extended Heat Plan for a Level 2 Heat Alert for Thursday through Saturday.
A Level 2 Heat Alert means that daytime temperatures are expected to be at or above 100 degrees with night-time temperatures being above 80 degrees.
According to a release, as a result, the city is making the following resources available for all residents and guests:
The Martin Luther King Community Center and West Dallas Multipurpose Center will operate on their normal schedule Thursday and Friday and will have water available; the MLK Center will be open Saturday as well.
The Reverchon Park Recreation Center will operate on its normal schedule on Saturday and will have water available for distribution to residents.
The Salvation Army has donated water to be distributed to the above centers.
All other city facilities will operate on normal schedules. Anyone seeking relief from the heat can visit any facility that's open.
Additional cooling centers operated by the Salvation Army will remain open during their regular operating hours.
The city also recommends taking other appropriate precautions this weekend. Some are more nettlesome than others. Their list includes:
- Stay out of the blazing heat between 10 am and 5 pm.
- Drink a lot of water and low-sugar juices.
- Keep shades drawn shut.
- Turn on the air conditioner.
- Keep lights turned low/off.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid coffee and cola.
- Avoid heavy meals.
- Avoid high physical activity.
- Avoid tight fitting clothing.
- Avoid using fans without air conditioning running.
Avoiding physical activity, staying out of the heat, okay. But avoiding alcohol and coffee, what are they trying to do here? How else do we get through this. (The thinking behind this recommendation is that both beverages are diuretics and can therefore have a dehydrating effect. But fortunately some experts in Canada say it's not that big a deal. Canada sounds good right about now.)