FIRST ALERT: Dangerous heat possible this weekend

Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 1:53 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - A heat wave featuring multiple days with triple-digit temperatures will be possible late this week through the upcoming weekend.

If you have outdoor plans on Saturday or Sunday, be aware dangerous heat will be possible.

By the weekend, an upper-level ridge, which is represented by a big blue H on the map below, will be anchored over the ArkLaTex. This type of weather pattern in August brings us very hot and dry conditions.

Triple-digit temperatures will be possible as soon as Friday, though.

Most places will be flirting with 100 degrees on Friday. Some places, mainly across East Texas, could hit the century mark Friday afternoon.

Saturday will likely be the hottest day out of the next. Some places could even top 100 degrees Saturday afternoon.

The latest run of FutureTrack shows Sunday won't be quite as hot. However, most places will top out in the upper 90s. A few places will still hit the century mark.

The average high Aug. 24-25 is 94 degrees. So temperatures will be well above average for this time of year.

Even though temperatures will be well above average for this time of year, we probably won't break any records.

Record highs in Shreveport

  • Aug. 24: 103 degrees (1899)
  • Aug. 25: 103 degrees (1881)
  • Aug. 26: 105 degrees (2011)

The air is not only going to be hot, it's also going to be humid.

With heat indices potentially ranging from 103-107 degrees, Heat advisories could be issued this weekend.

If you plan to spend a lot of time outside this weekend, make sure you beat the heat. 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.

With an upper-level ridge over the ArkLaTex, most will just need their sunglasses and sunscreen this weekend. However, a stray shower or storm can't be completely ruled. Most will not need to worry about dodging raindrops. Most are just going to have to beat the heat and humidity.

Overall, there is not a lot of rain in the forecast. The latest run of FutureTrack shows most locations along and north of I-20 will not see a drop of rain over the next 7 days.

With triple-digit temperatures and little to no rain in the forecast, drought conditions will continue to worsen and more burn bans will likely be issued.

The latest Drought Monitor shows a good chunk of NWLA and ETX are under a Severe Drought. Portions highlighted in red are under an Extreme.

Several parishes and counties in E TX are already under a burn ban and more burn bans will likely be issued through next week.

The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert on the potential for dangerous heat later this week and this weekend.

Here's how you can stay up to date with the latest forecast:

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