Excessive heat warning issued for Northshore, parts of MS coast

Chris Miller
August 13, 2019 - 11:03 am

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The National Weather Service has issues an Excessive Heat Warning for St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes, and also Hancock and Pearl River counties in Mississippi, effective through 8:00 p.m. Heat indices could exceed 113 degrees along the I-10/I-12 corridor. 

"An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur," the weather service said. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun... and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes."

The weather service also offered the following advice for anyone who cannot avoid being outdoors:

"Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside," the weather service warns. "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 911. 

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