ENID, Okla. — Enid and north-central Oklahoma are under a heat advisory until 8 this evening, as temperatures rise to dangerous levels, according to the National Weather Service.

The thermometer is expected to top out at near 105 in the Enid area, but it will feel closer to 108, according to NWS meteorologists.

“The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure,” the NWS advisory states, adding "hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.”

Residents are advised to drink planty of fluids and stay inside where there is air conditioning. Those who must work outdoors should drink water and wear loose-fitting clothing.

In addition to Enid, other cities in the advisory include Medford, Pond Creek, Lamont, Wakita, Ponca City, Blackwell and Perry.

There is a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Enid area this afternoon, mainly after 4 p.m., according to the NWS. That chance increases to 50% overnight. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible.

Light southerly winds will switch to blow from the north and usher in temperatures that will remain in the low-90s Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the NWS. Temperatures will climb into the upper-90s again on Thursday.

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Coming to Enid in 1993, weeks before the Land Run of 1893 centennial, I fell in love with the heritage. I started as Enid News & Eagle education, legislative and business reporter, was promoted to news editor in 1999 and currently am digital coordinator.