Saturday, July 26, 2008

Heat Advisory Through 7pm Monday

The hottest temperatures of the year so far will be with us this weekend and last into early next week. With triple digit heat in place and heat indices ranging from 103-108° the next few afternoons, it will be dangerously hot in the afternoon hours.

As a result of the hot weather, the National Weather Service out of Shereveport has put our central and northern counties under a "Heat Advisory" that runs from 12pm Sunday through 7pm Monday evening.

This means heat index values could stay above 105 for a period of three hours or more, leading to a high threat for heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

The counties under the Heat Advisory include Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Sabine, Shelby, Cherokee, Anderson, Rusk, and Panola counties.

I want to emphasize that although our southern counties are not under a Heat Advisory, it will be just as hot in these areas as well. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated.

Also, if you cannot run your air conditioners due to high electric costs, please find a friend or relative to stay with. Also, consider going to the malls, movie theaters, or other public venues to cool off, especially between the hours of 2-6pm.