All of Acadiana is once again under a heat advisory until 7 this evening as temperatures make their way into the mid-90s and heat index values already in the triple digits! “Feels-like” temperatures have already hit 104 degrees in some areas and they will continue to go up as we get into the afternoon hours and reach our peak daytime heating. According to National Weather Service guidance:
“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. 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, IF YOU WORK OR SPEND 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 SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9 1 1.”
For the remainder of your Friday we will likely stay mostly cloudy with some peeks of sun. We’re not expecting any significant showers or storms but an isolated afternoon pop-up shower or storm can not be ruled out through Saturday evening. Saturday will be a lot like today with cloudy skies and very hot and humid conditions. Our next chance for significant shower activity will come Sunday through early next week. Have a great weekend!