The current heat wave in place across the region is proving to be one of the worst in years with now 3 consecutive days of record breaking temperatures from the very warm morning low temperatures and triple digit high temperatures to the extreme heat indices that have reached as high as the low 120s in some places.
On Tuesday and for the 2nd day in a row, Jackson started the day on a record warm note and ended the exact same way.
The low temperature in the capital city only dropped to 78 degrees, tying the record warm low of 78 degrees set back on August 3, 1899.
The high temperature soared over 100 degrees for a 3rd day, reaching a high of 103 degrees, which tied the record daily high temperature, last set in 1952.
Jackson only averages three 100 degree days per year and has already reached that mark with at least 1 more day of 100 plus degree heat expected.
Many other record high temperatures were set across Central and Northern Mississippi on Tuesday including in Greenville, where the high temperature maxed out at a high temperature of 105 degrees, breaking the record high temperature of 102 degrees, set 80 years ago in 1930!! (To see more select city record high temperatures on Tuesday, scroll down)
One of the main aspects of this heat wave that is really making it so so dangerous is the heat indices or the combination of the very hot actual temperatures in the low to mid 100s with the moderate to high humidity levels across the state.
This has been resulting in real feel temperatures well over 110 in some places, which is adding to the already high heat stress level!
Below are some of the high heat index values experienced on Tuesday across the state.
Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories remain in effect statewide through Wednesday evening.
Actual high temperatures of 97-105 will combine with moderate to high humidity levels to produce heat indices from 110 to 120 degrees across much of the state.
This is extremely dangerous heat that has already proven deadly in the state.
The intensity of this prolonged heat wave should begin relaxing on Thursday as the hot high pressure ridge breaks down and centers further to the west, resulting in relatively cooler temperatures in the mid and upper 90s with increased chances of cooling rain and thunderstorms into the weekend.
Everyone is strongly advised to continue to use extreme caution if you have to spend any length of time outdoors.
HOT WEATHER SAFETY TIPS
*Wear loose, preferably light cotton clothing, wear a hat to protect the head from the sun.
•Eat light, cool, easily digested foods. Avoid hot, heavy, greasy meals. Avoid using ovens.
•Drink lots of water and natural juices.
•Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
•Take a cool bath or shower periodically; use cool towels.
•Keep electric lights down low or turned off.
•Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
•Protect against sunburn. A sunburn will reduce the body’s ability to cool itself.
•Never use a fan in a closed room without windows or doors open to the outside when it is this hot. Circulating air increases heat stress when the ambient temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Fans do not help fight heat when it is hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity greater than 35 percent.
•Children under 5 years old are especially sensitive to high temperatures
•Do not leave children or pets inside a car. Babies are especially vulnerable.
•If you are elderly and feel unusually weak, dizzy or confused, call 911 immediately.
•Call your family and friends. Check on elderly or incapacitated persons as frequently as possible.
•Take advantage of air-conditioning. The use of air-conditioning reduces the risk for heatstroke and heat-related illness, even if it is available for only part of the day.
•Those without home air-conditioning should take advantage of air-conditioned environments in private or public places such as libraries, shopping malls, and theaters.
•Cities should monitor nursing homes and other similar facilities serving senior citizens, making sure air-conditioners are in working order. All nursing homes should have independent electricity-generating equipment on hand in case of long-term power outages.
•Cities should donate fans and air conditioners to the elderly, whenever necessary.
•Avoid physical activity, especially outside work and recreational activity.
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