(KSLA) - The weekend before the Fourth of July is going to be hotter than firecracker. Highs on both Saturday and Sunday will be upper 90s to near 100 degrees. A few place could hit the century mark for the first time this year this weekend.
Keep in mind, heat indices or feels-like temperatures will be a few degrees above the actual air temperature. With max heat indices reaching near 105 degrees in many locations on Saturday and Sunday, Heat Advisories could be issued for parts of the ArkLaTex.
If you're going to spend a lot of time outside in the heat of the day on Saturday or Sunday make sure to wear lightweight and light colored clothing and drink plenty of water. Try to stay away from alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
Also, make sure to know the symptoms of heat stroke: throbbing headache, dizziness, stop sweating, read, hot and dry skin, muscle cramps and nausea. If you or see someone with these symptoms this weekend make sure to get them into a cooler environment and apply ice pack to their armpits and groin area.
Finally, also wear plenty of sunscreen. The UV Index will be very high this weekend and it won't take long for you to burn. Sunburn can prevent the body from cooling body.
Even though the Fourth of July isn't until next week, many will be starting the holiday fun this weekend. There are several fireworks show happening this weekend.
On Friday, there will be a fireworks show in Prescott, AR at 8PM.
On Saturday, Sparks in the Park returns to Texarkana. Gates will open at 4PM and the fireworks show will begin at 9:30PM.
On Sunday, First Baptist Church in Shreveport will be hosting the coolest event in the ArkLaTex this weekend, literally. Soak Up South Highlands will begin at 5PM. People will be able to slide down an epic water slide at this community event.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated on the potential of dangerous heat this weekend. Here is how you can stay up to date with the latest forecast: