(WVUE) - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for parts of southeast Louisiana and coastal Mississippi until 7 p.m. Friday.
The combination of high temperatures in the mid and upper 90s and high humidity levels will raise the afternoon heat index to 105 to 110 degrees today.
Prolonged exposure to this extreme heat can result in the development of heat related stress and illnesses.
Preparation and precautionary actions include the following:
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Authorities remind residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Take extra precautions when working or spending time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shade or air conditioning. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.