Heat indices of up to 100 degrees fahrenheit could continue for the next few days.
While the occurrence of thunderstorms has been slightly unpredictable lately, the heat has been quite reliable. So much so that the National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the area this week, with the possibility of more advisories to be issued in the days ahead.
On Wednesday the NWS issued its second area heat advisory, covering much of the Mid-South, citing a combination of temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and high humidity. Heat indices were expected to reach from 105 to 110 degrees fahrenheit.
The only relief seen in the coming days for the temperatures is afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Rains Tuesday helped cool things off a little, but the effects were short-lived.
“With little change likely in the weather pattern, the heat advisory may be extended further into the week in future forecast updates,” the NWS said in a statement Wednesday. The organization recommended area residents try to avoid prolonged periods outdoors to help prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Additionally, residents are urged to reschedule strenuous outdoor activities to early morning hours when temperatures are lower, drink plenty of water, and wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing.
Those with relatives or neighbors who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses are also urged to check up often to make sure those individuals are handling the heat well and not experiencing medical difficulties.