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5:51 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

State Set on Broil

Tulsa, OK – Extreme heat returns to Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Much of Oklahoma got a reprieve as a storm system moved across the area on Thursday, but weather forecasters expected the intense heat to return.

Before thunderstorms rolled across northern, central and southern sections of the state late Wednesday into Thursday, daytime highs reached or passed 100 degrees in many areas, including a 106-degree reading in Lawton on Wednesday.

An excessive heat warning for the Tulsa area and a heat advisory for 14 counties in eastern Oklahoma remained in effect through Friday, when possible triple-digit temperatures and higher humidity could lead to heat-related illnesses.

There have been no deaths officially attributed to the extreme heat, but the Emergency Medical Services Authority has reported receiving just under 300 heat-related calls.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.