An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect until 8 pm CDT this evening, while a Heat Advisory will remain active from 10 am to 7 pm CDT Monday. These warnings have been issued due to dangerously high heat index values, reaching up to 114 degrees for the Excessive Heat Warning and up to 111 degrees for the Heat Advisory.
Residents living in portions of south central and southwest Louisiana, as well as southeast Texas, should exercise caution during these periods. The extreme heat and humidity can lead to an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, particularly for those engaging in outdoor activities or working outside.
To minimize the potential impact, individuals are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned spaces whenever possible, and avoid direct sunlight. Regular checks on relatives, neighbors, children, and pets are recommended. Leaving children or pets unattended in vehicles is strongly discouraged.
For those who need to work outdoors or participate in other strenuous activities, consider rescheduling to early morning or evening hours. Be aware of the symptoms associated with heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and wear lightweight clothing when feasible. Employers should provide frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas for workers during this time.
Heat stroke is considered an emergency situation; if you suspect someone is affected by it, move them to a cool area and immediately call 911 for assistance.