Picayune police chief: Check on elderly in this heat

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Friday for five South Mississippi communities: Jones, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, and Pearl River counties.

In Picayune, the swimming pool at the Corner Stone is becoming the hot spot to gather these days, and it's not hard to understand why.

"Really, really hot," said Picayune resident Madyson Mitchell.

Abby Bates agreed, "It's, like, hotter than a desert, so we needed to come for a swim to cool off."

"It's really like we're all sitting in a big oven and it's on high," said Kyle Hickman of Carriere.

By mid-afternoon Friday, the temperature at the pool was 96 degrees. Factor in the heat index, and it's actually closer to 105 degrees.

"Enough to make you miserable. It's miserably hot," said Picayune resident Sarah Oldmixon.

But try telling that to Sheila Wells, who is hosting a yard sale in the heat.

"We try to wear lighter clothes to help keep us cooler, but it's not helping," Wells said.

For many in the South, snowballs provide a much needed cooling sensation.

"The ice, in this heat, it will cool your body temperature down real quick," said Picayune resident Charles Savella.

City leaders are taking no chances with the scorching heat. Work crews are being urged to take frequent breaks and to stay hydrated.

"It can be deadly: heat exhaustion, heat stroke," said Picayune Police Chief Bryan Dawsey. "I encourage all family members and citizens to check on anyone that is elderly, handicapped, maybe lives alone. We'd like [to make] sure they're taking the proper precautions during this heat wave."

Chief Dawsey also wants to remind everyone that you should never leave children or pets in your vehicle in this kind of heat. That can be a deadly mistake.

And the heat isn't letting up anytime soon. The Heat Advisory was extended until Sunday evening for Jones, Marion, Lamar and Forrest counties.

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