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Did you know that the hottest temperature ever recorded in Texas was 120 degrees? While that record has occurred in August and June, July is another month where Texans can see near-record temperatures.

When dealing with temperatures above 100 degrees, extreme caution must be taken. This includes taking steps to prevent power outages and how to keep your body cool if you find yourself exposed to a record heat wave. Read on to learn more about managing the Summer Texas heat.

What is the Summer Record Temperature in Texas for July?

Many cities have recorded their hottest temperatures in July. Due to the earth’s tilt in the summer, the sun intensity is greater, and it is the most intense in August and July. Factoring in the general Texas climate and landscape, it’s easy to see how record heat waves occur in July.

Some of the hottest temperatures recorded in July include:

  • Turkey, Texas at 117 degrees
  • Eden, Texas at 111 degrees
  • Palestine, Texas at 114 degrees
  • Abilene, Texas at 110 degrees

What Are the Risks from Exposure to a Record Heat Wave?

Prolonged exposure to extreme heat isn’t just uncomfortable, it can have serious health consequences. Even healthy individuals suffer serious consequences, such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration. Dehydration can lead to issues with blood pressure and kidney function.

For people with preexisting conditions or who are older in age, the effects are more dire. Prolonged exposure can make respiratory conditions like asthma worse. It may even hamper the effects of medication.

How To Stay Safe with Record Temperatures

The most obvious way to stay safe is by remaining in an air-conditioned building. If you know you’re going to be outside, hydration is key. You should drink more water than normal, and even drink when you aren’t thirsty. Some of the other actions you can take include:

  • Don’t use a stove or oven to cook
  • Limit your outdoor activity and pace when you are outdoors
  • Wear loose and light-colored clothing
  • Wear and apply sunscreen
  • Try scheduling outdoor activities in the evening or cooler times

Being Energy Efficient in Hot Weather

One of the major issues that arise in the July heat is energy costs, as extended use of air-conditioning can drive energy costs up. If large populations use air-conditioning for an extended period of time, it can overload the grid and cause a power outage. A power outage during record temperatures in Texas can be deadly.

Having your home be energy efficient helps you save money, stay cool and prevent power outages at the same time. Some simple steps for improvement include:

  • Identifying energy waste and leaks
  • Energy efficient appliances and lighting
  • Proper insulation

One tool to help you get started is an energy audit. There are online resources that allow you to get an assessment without having to pay a professional to perform it. An assessment looks at your home’s location, occupants, size, and energy use history.

Are You Ready for the Summer Heat?

Now that you know about the summer record temperatures that the July heat can bring, what are you waiting for? You should take appropriate steps to limit or mitigate your exposure to the hot weather. Ensuring that your home is energy efficient is also a must.

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