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Opinion

June 12, 2013

Heat arrived suddenly

NORMAN — The heat, which had stayed away from Oklahoma for most of May, has caught us by surprise this week.

Temperatures were in the low 90s Monday and Tuesday with an expected 97 degrees today. The pool and splashpads are dusting off the cobwebs and water is already a coveted commodity.

The Red Cross this week urged Oklahomans to take precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says excessive heat has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events, including tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.

The elderly and very young are most susceptible to heat and related illnesses. Warning signs include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches.

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