Shreveport in Store for Triple Digit Dangerous Heat All Week
If you work in an office, a store, (or in a studio), consider yourself very lucky this week. Monday's high temperature is expected to top out at 102, and it doesn't get any better. Wednesday's high temperature is expected to be 105, then Thursday and Friday 104 & 103 respectively.
And we aren't expected to get any help from rainfall before around Tuesday, the 8th. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a dome of high pressure has parked itself over the South.
“I don’t know if there’s any great explanation for it other than perhaps maybe this El Nino may have its fingerprints on it in terms of changing the overall circulation pattern and creating this unusual setup.”
Because heat indices are expected to range between 110-115 degrees, experts recommend people use extreme caution when the temperatures are at these levels. The first step is to stay indoors when at all possible. Of course, not everyone has that luxury.
“The bottom line, we need to urge people to be smart, stay hydrated, seek shade, and avoid being outside at the hottest times of the day. And if you have no air conditioning take precautions and do what you need to do to take care of yourself.” Barry Keim
For those that have to work outside, it's recommended you take frequent cool-down breaks. Make sure to stay hydrated and replenish electrolytes often during the day. And find shade whenever possible to avoid direct sunlight.
Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma told KEEL News on Monday, there are several warning signs of heat-stroke to watch out for.
One of the first warning signs that people will have is extreme fatigue. It doesn't always happen that way, but people who are outside and they are sweating, and they're hot, and they're getting dehydrated... if they start to feel feverish, if they start to have really strong body aches, headaches, etc... that's a sign you're starting to develop a significant heat-related illness.
A few tips Dr. Thoma recommends to beat the heat include wearing light clothing, staying hydrated, stay indoors, cool down in a bathtub, avoid doing activities outside if possible.
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