The National Weather Service declared Webster Parish as well Portions of north-central and northwest Louisiana, southeast Oklahoma, south-central and southwest Arkansas, and east and northeast Texas.
Heat index values are expected to get up to 108. The NWS states that Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
In regards to keeping safe during the high heat, the NWS recommends to, “Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.”
“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. Heatstroke is an emergency! Call 911.”