The oppressive heat is here to stay with the most brutal temperatures expected to bake north Louisiana from Wednesday, June 28th thru Saturday, July 1st. Temperatures predicted to soar above 100 degrees each day and the heat index forecast to possibly reach as high as 110-115 degrees. As result, the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning to remain in effect throughout the weekend.
An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be 105° or higher for at least 2 days and night time air temperatures will not drop below 75°.
Residents are advised to take necessary precautions such as:
1. Drink plenty of fluids
2. Stay in an air-conditioned room
3. Stay out of the sun as much as possible
4. Check up on relatives and neighbors
5. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside
6. When possible schedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
7. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
8. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
9. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
10. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.