-HEAT AND HUMIDITY TO EXPAND AND INTENSIFY ACROSS THE REGION AS THE WEEK PROGRESSES-
After a minor and brief reprieve, heat and humidity are expected to intensify again as this week progresses.
Over this past weekend, increased cloud cover and rainfall helped to hold down temperatures across much of state in the upper 80s to low 90s. The lower temperatures and rain helped bring much needed relief to many areas after a very hot streak of weather over the past week, which included the hottest day overall statewide so far this season.
As we head through this week, much like last week, the heat will intensify and we could end up being just as hot, as a high pressure ridge expands and strengthens across the South.
While the chance for cooling afternoon/evening rain and thunderstorms exist statewide today, the expanding and strengthening ridge of hot high pressure over the region over the next several days will suppress cloud development, thus limiting any chance of a shower or thunderstorm.
A Heat Advisory has been issued for portions of Northern Mississippi through Monday afternoon with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s combining with moderate to high humidity levels to produce heat indices of 105 to as high as 108 degrees.
A heat index of 105 degrees is considered the level where many people begin to experience extreme discomfort or physical stress.
The advisory includes the towns and cities of Tupelo, Clarksdale, Oxford, Holly Springs, Tunica, Ashland, Aberdeen and Corinth.
Additional Heat Advisories are likely as the week progresses with actual high temperatures rising into the 95 to 100 degree range, which should push heat indices easily above the real feel of 105 degrees across much of the state by Wednesday and for the remainder of the week.
Everyone is advised to continue to use extreme caution when spending long periods of time outdoors.
CURRENT MISSISSIPPI TEMPERATURES/HEAT INDEX
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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