In Louisiana, we're used to the heat in the summer. Triple digits with high humidity is nothing out of the ordinary. But, some years are worse than others. In fact, last year a lot of the state saw some record breaking heat. However, the winter and spring hasn't been too bad. Cool temps, clouds, some's been tolerable and almost pleasant.

So what does summer have in store for us? Let's take a look.

Is Louisiana in For Another Record Breaking Summer?

If you're expecting these mild temps and beautiful days to carry into the summer, I've got some bad news for you. According to the National Weather Service, we're in for another brutal summer.

NOAA is projecting that there's a 40-50% chance of a hotter than normal summer. In fact, according to the new projections, all but 2 states are looking at above normal temps between May & June this year.

So, in short, it's going to suck in a lot of places including Louisiana.

Will Louisiana See Record Breaking Heat in 2024?

It's hard to say, but if recent trends hold, it's likely. In 2022, we had an abnormal amount of 100° degree days. In 2023, we set a few record temps per month and the overall average temperature for the summer.

With NOAA projecting that we're expected to see a hotter than normal summer, the odds of us having 'fun in the sun' temps are minimum while the odds of us 'giving the electric company record amounts of money' temps are high.

Maybe the projections will be wrong and we'll get a much needed break after a few years of brutality.

What Can You Do to Beat the Heat in Louisiana?

When temps get close to triple digits, it can get dangerous. It can dehydrate you. It can make any sort of outdoor activity suck and potentially deadly. Here's a few tips that can make the summer heat - at the very least - be somewhat safe and bearable.

1. Stay Hydrated - The CDC recommends drinking anywhere from 16 - 32 ounces of cool water for every hour you spend in the heat.

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!

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! And don't forget to make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise.

5. Wet Towels - Keep damp towels in a cooler or even better, freeze paper towels and take them with you. 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.

 7. Chill Your Lotions - You'll thank me for this one. There's nothing more soothing than smoothing on some nice cool sunscreen!

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!

9. Pace Yourself - If you're working or playing outside 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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Gallery Credit: Stacker

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