ARKLATEX (KSLA) - An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the ArkLaTex from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 20. This means a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures are expected to occur.
Temperatures above 100 degrees on Friday combined with the humidity will lead to Heat Index values at or above 110 degrees at a time. The Heat Index is what it 'feels-like' to your body when the humidity in the air doesn't allow you to cool off as efficiently as when the air is relatively dry.
When the Heat Index reaches 110 degrees it's very easy to suffer from either heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Anyone that is overcome by the heat should be moved inside to a cooler location. If you are concerned that someone is suffering from heat stroke they need immediate medical attention.
Someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke will have the following symptoms:
Faint or dizzy
Cool, pale, clammy skin
Nausea or vomiting
Rapid, but weak pulse
Body temperature above 103 degree
Red, hot, dry skin
Rapid, strong pulse
May lose consciousness
Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of heat related illnesses:
- STAY HYDRATED: Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- LIMIT OUTDOOR ACTIVITY: Outdoor activities are discouraged, but if you have to do strenuous things like exercising or working in the yard they should be done very early in the morning or later in the evening.
- DRESS APPROPRIATELY: Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
- STAY COOL: Spend the day inside in air conditioning or well circulated air.