Heat Advisory issued

The National Weather Service – Shreveport has issued a heat advisory all of northeast Texas, including Cherokee County, in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“An upper-level heat ridge will remain in place across the four-state region today. High temperatures will continue to approach triple digits with heat index values ranging from 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect very limited relief overnight with lows into the upper 70s to around 80 degrees,” according to NWS, which added that the excessive heat “will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, which can be deadly.”

Residents are advised to take extra precautions while outside:

• When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

• Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, such as a sudden lack of perspiration.

• Wear light-weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

“To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1,” the advisory noted.

NWS has forecast some cooler, drier conditions in the area coming soon, due to “scattered to numerous thunderstorms (that) develop Wednesday across the region as a cold front moves southward. This front will bring cooler and drier conditions

through the end of the upcoming work week.”