OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record temperature has been set again in Oklahoma.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature peaked at 112 degrees in Oklahoma City and Tulsa Thursday afternoon.
For Oklahoma City, the high temperature broke a record of 110 degrees set in 1980. The 112-degree reading equaled Wednesday's daytime high and is one degree cooler than Oklahoma City's all-time high of 113.
In Tulsa, the daytime high tied a record that was set in 2011.
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Officials had to close part of a bridge in Guthrie after it buckled because of the extreme heat.
Department of Transportation officials shut down Oklahoma Highway 33 near downtown Guthrie Wednesday night and is expected to remain closed Friday afternoon.
Transportation spokeswoman Terri Angier told The Oklahoman two panels expanded at the joint, pushed against each other and came up a few inches on the roadway. She says extreme heat causes older bridges and older pavement to buckle.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa has expanded the coverage area of the Excessive Heat Warning. The warning now includes all of the Tulsa Metro and well as major counties in West Central Arkansas. Below is the text from the Tulsa Weather Service Office:
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK 332 AM CDT MON JUL 30 2012
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THURSDAY...
Members of Tulsa’s Heat Coalition urge caution in this heat wave. They also have a reminder about water usage. It’s way up for this time of year. More gallons were used Monday than on any one day in all of June last summer. Bob Bledsoe with the city of Tulsa says 164 million gallons were consumed Monday, topping the highest usage day in June last year by 13 million gallons.