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How to stay safe in the West Texas heat

With temperatures set to climb across West Texas, know what to do in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — It's July in West Texas. For people that have lived here long enough, we all know the drill. Sunny and hot - that's the forecast moving forward through the rest of the summer. 

Triple digits are common across the area. In fact, both Abilene and San Angelo average more than two weeks of 100-plus days per year.

In 2011, San Angelo recorded 100 triple-digit days, and Abilene recorded 81.

Why does it get so hot here? Well, you can blame the "Death Ridge." The "Death Ridge" is an area of high pressure that commonly builds over the southern plains during the summer-time. This prevents clouds and rain from forming and leads to sweltering hot days across West Texas.

Credit: Meteorologist Joe DeCarlo

hen the temperature skyrockets, remember these useful tips to stay safe:

  • Limit your time outdoors during peak heating
  • Wear lightweight and light colored clothing
  • Check on the elderly and young children
  • Bring pets inside
  • Put on sunscreen
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid strenuous activities

If you remember these tips, you can make it through a West Texas summer.

Stay cool and stay with FOX West Texas for the latest information. 

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