Today will be among, if not the, hottest day of the year with actual air temperatures soaring into the upper 90s. Heat index values today could top 110°F in some locations. For that reason, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all of southeast Texas from 9 a.m. unitl 7 p.m. Thursday.

While these temperatures aren't extraordinary nor are they record breaking, it's still going to be hot and we haven't dealt with 'extreme' heat very much so far this season. Being that this is among the first of the big heat waves, it's important to remember how to keep yourself safe and protected.

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It will be hottest between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. That's the time to take plenty of breaks in the A/C. Children and the elderly are most susceptible to heat exhaustion. If you must be outside, dress in light colored clothing, drink lots of water, take plenty of breaks, stay in the shade when possible and listen to your body. If you stop sweating, seek medical attention immediately! This is a sure sign of heat related illness.

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It's summer time in Houston. News flash: it's hot. We get it. Again, we understand but it's easy to forget how quickly the heat can be come hazardous. 

The other thing we're watching is another plum of dust. Dust from the Sahara Desert will arrive next week and it will make for poor air quality and hazy skies. 

There is some positive news in this scorching forecast. That dust helps to suppress tropical storm formation. The tropics are quiet and no tropical cyclone activity is expected within the next 48 hours. 

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Rain chances will enter the forecast beginning this weekend as the heat ridge abates. Expect a return to the low 90s for daytime highs with afternoon storms by Sunday into early next week.

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