Heat indices of up to 110 degrees possible this week

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for extreme heat in Ashley County lasting through Sunday.

The advisory, which includes southeast Arkansas, northeast Louisiana and much of Mississippi, says that the threat for dangerous heat is elevated from late morning through early evening, noting that for those who spend significant time outdoors, “heat exhaustion will be likely with outdoor activity.” 

The advisory was issued Monday, and says that during the second half of the week, “Dangerous heat with maximum heat indices of 105 to around110 degrees is possible over much of the area this week heading into the weekend.”

As part of the advisory, the NWS recommends that when possible, one should:

-Drink plenty of fluids, 

-Stay in an air-conditioned room, 

-Stay out of the sun

-Check up on relatives and neighbors

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” the NWS advisory said. “When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. 

“To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.”

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