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Over the next few days, the forecast calls for a heat index in the triple-digits here in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA. Add to that the fact that well over 100,000 customers are still without power due to the recent storms and we have a dangerous situation. If you don't want to feel like you're living in Mother Nature's Easy Bake Oven, here are a few things you can do to stay cool and safe.

How hot is it expected to get in Shreveport-Bossier City?

Our partners at the Weather Channel say we can expect insane temps over the next few days. Today's temperatures alone will be expected to hit a heat index of 105 - 110 degrees!

To steal a phrase from Paris Hilton, 'That's HOT!' So how do you protect yourself, especially if you're currently without power?

What are the top things you can do to beat the heat?

1. Stay Hydrated - The CDC recommends drinking anywhere from 16 - 32 ounces of cool water for every hour you spend in the heat. You honestly can't drink enough water.

2. Find Some Shade - Whether you find a tree or bring along an umbrella or a pop-up tent, shade makes a huge difference. Of course, a cabana boy fanning you with a large palm leaf would be good, too!

3. Take a Dip - Is there anything more refreshing than taking a swim during the summer? Whether it's a pool, lake, or even running through the sprinkler, it'll cool you down fast. Just make sure to wear sunscreen! Or take another cold shower. lol

Courtesy of the City of Bossier City
Courtesy of the City of Bossier City

4. Try to Avoid Peak Heat - If you can schedule your activity for the morning before the full heat of the day or when the sun is finally going down, do it!

5. Wet Towels - Keep damp towels in a cooler. When you get hot, apply these to your neck and wrists. You'll instantly feel much cooler. And if you can find it, try Florida Water. We used this during travel ball and it really works! A spray bottle filled with chilled water is nice, too!

6. Choose Lightweight, Light-Colored, Loose Fitting Clothing -  Trust me on this, darker colors get hotter faster and you certainly don't want to be caught wearing a wool blend in 90+ degree heat. Opt for breathable cotton fabrics that fit loosely and allow your body room to breathe and regulate its temperature.

Senior man with towel suffering from heat stroke outdoors, low angle view
Liudmila Chernetska

7. Battery-Operated Fans - You'll thank me for this one. Mine takes batteries and you can charge it as well. When I charge my phone in the car, I charge my fan at the same time.

8. Wear a Hat - Don't wear just any hat though... I've found that a close-fitting baseball cap only makes me hotter. You want to find something with a wide enough brim that will protect your face, neck, and ears so you don't get a sunburn! Of course, this is only if you have to be outside.

9. Pace Yourself - If you're working in the heat and you're not used to it, make sure you limit your time outdoors. Later, as you become acclimated, you can increase your time in the heat.


10. Take a Drive - Even if you don't have A/C in your vehicle, roll your windows down and enjoy the breeze!


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