ARKLATEX (KSLA) - If you have outdoor plans on Saturday or Sunday, you might want to move them inside. Dangerous heat will be possible this weekend.
With an upper-level ridge anchored over the ArkLaTex this weekend, afternoon highs on Saturday and Sunday will be on either side of 100 degrees.
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. 25: 103 degrees (1881)
- Aug. 26: 105 degrees (2011)
Even if you don't hit 100 degrees this weekend, it is still going to feel like it. The humidity will put feels-like temperatures or heat index values above 100 degrees. With max heat indices on Saturday and Sunday near 105 degrees, heat advisories could be issued for portions of the ArkLaTex.
With dangerous heat possible this weekend, it's important to stay safe in the heat this weekend. On average, heat is the number one weather killer each year, according to the national weather service.
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.
If you see someone suffering from heat stroke symptoms get them inside immediately and call 911. Heat stroke can be deadly.
With an upper-level ridge over the ArkLaTex this weekend, odds are you are just going to need your sunglasses and sunscreen. However, our rain chances won't be completely zero. A stray shower can't be ruled out south of I-20 on Saturday or Sunday.
The latest run of FutureTrack shows scattered clouds bubbling up in the heat of the day and stray showers popping up across the south. The coverage is not going to be widespread and odds are you are going to stay hot and sunny.
The hot temperatures and sunshine will help aid the formation of ozone, so our air quality is not going to be great. Most will not notice any signs of symptoms. However, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
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: