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New Orleans heat reaching dangerous levels

The blazing hot sun bursts over the horizon in south Louisiana. (Source: John Snell) The blazing hot sun bursts over the horizon in south Louisiana. (Source: John Snell)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

New Orleans is dangerously hot right now.

The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans Area where temperatures are expected to exceed 105 degrees on the heat index. The Heat Advisory will last until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

The New Orleans area will see temperatures near 100 degrees until Sunday. Those temperatures combined with high dew points means the heat index will be stifling.

The heat index is what the temperature feels like to the human body with relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. 

“Please be safe if you are working outdoors,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom.  “Watch for warning signs of heat exhaustion for yourself and your co-workers.  Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.  Check on loved ones and neighbors who may need assistance dealing with the heat.

Here are some heat wave safety tips from the NWS:

  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing and a hat.
  • Drink water, even if you are not thirsty.
  • When working outdoors, take frequent breaks.
  • Save strenuous exercise for the early morning.
  • Don’t get too much sun and wear sunscreen.

The state urges everyone to use caution because of these dangerous heat levels.

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