Denton County under heat advisory

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A scorching Texas sun melts through a ribbon of clouds in western Denton County as temperatures soar into triple digits. Forecasters call for temperatures today and Thursday to hit 102 degrees, with heat indexes as high as 110.

More triple digit temperature days expected

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Tuesday that’s effective until 7 p.m. today as a result of several consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures across North Texas.

A spokesman for the weather service said that even though the advisory ends tonight, Denton County should continue to experience high temperatures through the end of the week.

The temperatures today and Thursday are expected to hit 102 degrees, and according to the weather service, the maximum heat index is expected to range from 105 to 110 degrees. The spokesman said the combination of heat and humidity results in an elevated risk for heat-related health problems.

Local organizations have opened their doors to help people escape the heat.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church opened its Monsignor King Emergency Outreach Center at 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St. for the first time on Sunday. The church opens the center after 4 p.m. when temperatures are greater than 100 degrees during the day, said the Rev. Tim Thompson.

Thompson said the center provides shelter from the extreme heat, a meal, a comfortable place to sleep, fellowship and hospitality. The shelter is operated by the church but is maintained through a collaborative effort by volunteers from various local churches and community organizations.

On Sunday, church officials reported having more than a dozen guests in the center.

Church officials are seeking volunteers to work part-time shifts at the center. Anyone interested in volunteering can e-mail the church at volunteer_for_icc@live.com .

The Salvation Army in Denton opened its cooling station at 1508 E. McKinney St. earlier this summer to provide residents refuge from the heat.

Brenda Jackson, services program coordinator, said the Salvation Army wants to provide protection and relief from the heat for the homeless, people without air conditioning and those with outdoor jobs. The cooling station provides water and an air-conditioned environment that’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service also issued a few tips to help residents deal with the heat. Officials said those who work outside should take precautions to avoid overheating, such as drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Also, in case of a heat stroke, residents should call 911.

For more information on the Salvation Army’s cooling station in Denton, call 940-566-3800.

For more information about Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, call 940-565-1770.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.


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