In Louisiana, we're no strangers to excessive heat. Seriously, summer time in the Boot is no joke. Excessive heat, high humidity...they're all just apart of life. However, usually we don't see that kind of heat until June or July. This year, however, it's looking like we're going to see temps near triple digits here in early May - and soon. Like in the next couple of days soon.

Excessive Heat Comes Early to Louisiana

A few weeks ago, NOAA projected a hotter than normal summer for most of the country including Louisiana. Then, last week, the National Weather Service issued a statement that we're going to get mid-August temps this week. Here's what the NWS had to say:

High humidity and unseasonably high heat is expected for much of next week. There is a high probability (greater than 60%) of high temperatures of at least 90°F across much of the area by next Wed. & Thurs. This will include peak heat index values near or over 100°F.

So, yeah...not an awesome weather outlook for this week.

Tips to Beat the Louisiana Heat

Like I said, heat isn't something that really slows us down. But, you don't want to get caught unaware - especially when we're getting close to triple digits in early May. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, Here's some tips to beat the heat and stay safe.

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Stay indoors when possible.
  • Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place.

LDH also stresses the importance of learning the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heavy sweating, cold & clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting, and nausea are all warning signs that your body is in danger.

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