Dangerous heat arrives in central U.S.

Dangerous heat arrives in central U.S.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Dangerous heat grips much of the central U.S. as a high pressure ridge strengthens across the Plains

Even in South Mississippi, the heat index has reached dangerous levels across parts of the area.

Heat advisories and even excessive heat warnings extended from Mississippi to Minnesota on Thursday.

"In the WLOX area, no heat alerts have been issued for Thursday from the National Weather Service," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "But, it is still important to watch your body for signs of heat stress if you plan to be outdoors for several hours this afternoon."

"The heat index should fall to below dangerous levels around sunset," Williams continued. "So, it's best to hold off on any outdoor activities until later this evening if you want to avoid the dangers of heat stress."

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