SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A hot weather pattern is setting up for the rest of the work week. High temperatures will be in the low to mid 90s with heat index up to around 108 degrees.
This hot air across the Southeast region has kicked another round of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings. South Mississippi had no hot weather alerts as of Thursday morning. But, it's still important to practice heat safety.
Heat cramps and heat stress will both be possible on Thursday across South Mississippi for individuals outdoors for extended periods of time. In a few isolated areas, the heat index could briefly climb above 108 degrees. This could lead to more serious heat illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Know the signs that your body tells you when it's becoming overheated. Dizziness, excessive sweating, rapid pulse, and nausea are a few signs that you need to take a break in the shade. Turn on a fan. Find some air conditioning.
"Pay attention and don't overexert yourself," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "It's not the best day for that midday jog. Perhaps your yard work can be put off until the weekend. Try to get that run in earlier in the morning or later around sunset. "
This hot pattern with lower than normal rain activity continues on Friday. Then, the high pressure responsible for this heat will back off and over the weekend, allowing rain chances to return to normal for Saturday into next week.