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Wesley's Blog: Prolonged period of dangerous heat

Dangerous heat possible in South Mississippi on Sunday and Monday Dangerous heat possible in South Mississippi on Sunday and Monday
On Sunday, temperatures reached the middle and upper 90s with the heat index (or "feels like" temperature) soaring well above 100. On Sunday, temperatures reached the middle and upper 90s with the heat index (or "feels like" temperature) soaring well above 100.
Dangerous heat is expected on Sunday and Monday in South Mississippi thanks to hot temperatures and high humidity. The risk for heat-related illnesses will be significantly higher. Dangerous heat is expected on Sunday and Monday in South Mississippi thanks to hot temperatures and high humidity. The risk for heat-related illnesses will be significantly higher.
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Sunday afternoon UPDATE: An Excessive Heat Warning was issued for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties in South Mississippi through Monday evening. Pearl River, Stone, and George counties remain under a heat advisory through Monday evening. Click here for details on Mississippi's latest weather alerts.

An Excessive Heat Warning is the highest-level hot weather alert that can be issued by the National Weather Service. ANYONE outdoors in an area affected by the Excessive Heat Warning should practice maximum heat safety precautions: reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Also, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives, neighbors, and the elderly.

The last seven days have brought high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s to South Mississippi. On Saturday, Keesler's heat index peaked at 114 around 4pm. And, unfortunately, this hot weather pattern looks to continue through the end of July. On Sunday and Monday, we can expect dangerously hot weather which will significantly increase risk for heat-related illnesses: temperatures will heat to the middle and upper 90s with the heat index peaking between 108 and 118 during the afternoon. 

There is hope for some relief from the heat. A few isolated thunderstorms have brought parts of South Mississippi a little rain-cooled air over the last few days. While we could see a few more isolated thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday, most won't see rain and will have to tough it out with the heat.

I urge anyone under the Excessive Heat Warning against any workouts or other labor outdoors until after sunset (or get it in no later than three hours after sunrise). The last thing you want to do is engage in strenuous activity since your body will already be under so much stress from the heat.

Hopefully, folks will keep up the good work with staying hydrated and just using common sense when it comes to heat safety. You can check out this blog for more hot weather safety tips.

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