Heat and humidity to increase, as dry weather may worsen drought

Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 at 1:11 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - After Friday storms produced rain for parts of SW Arkansas, NE Texas, SE Oklahoma and NW Louisiana, the First Alert 12 Day Forecast gives little hope of soaking rain or cooler weather. In fact, it is just the opposite and that is unfortunate as we head into the first full week of summer.

We did get some rain earlier in the week but the latest Drought Map indicates much of the same for the Ark-La-Tex, with the exception of the I-30 corridor which is now in a severe drought. As you see below, the rainfall totals will be sorely lacking with any rain that we can muster up for the weekend. Most of the beneficial rain will stay well to our north where stormy conditions will reside over the weekend.

By the time we head into that first full week of summer, our constant companions will be heat and humidity. Heat index levels quite likely will be approaching 105 or more. The actual temperatures each day will start off in the sultry mid 70s for morning lows and reach mid 90s for afternoon highs under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. The chance for rain will be slim to none.

If you get a chance to head to the lake or pool, remember, safety first and go with someone or a group. Bear in mind that outdoor activities, whether work or play, should have some breaks from the heat, at least seeking shade, and don't forget the water or sport drinks. Be sure to stay hydrated. Also, read up on signs of heat related problem such as Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. You just might save a life.  Stay cool...

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