Extreme Heat Hits ArkLaTex As Gulf Tropical Depression Develops

Jul 10, 2019

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HEAT ADVISORIES –Another warm day is ahead as temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 90’s.   And along with the heat comes High humidity.   The National Weather Service  has issued a heat advisory to last until 7pm this evening.  Today the Heat Index will be more than 100 degrees.   I spoke with C.S. Ross, he’s a Hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Shreveport.

"A strong ridge of high pressure continues to dominate through the middle of this week resulting in heat indices of 105 to 110 degrees," Ross explained. "With a passage of this system that's brewing in the Gulf, temperatures will cool by this weekend."

PREDICTED PATH - One forecast model shows the tropical depression moving inland and progressing northwest towards the ArkLaTex region later in the week.
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The system off the Gulf Coast is expected  to  gain  Tropical Storm strength…right now it’s churning off the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts.  Forecast  models  vary  but  one  shows  the storm likely to pass the  Louisiana  coastline  by  this  weekend  bringing  a  major  threat of rainfall  flooding over the northern Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley.  Storm surge flooding is also likely,  The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has warned  This system has the potential to become a dangerous hurricane  so  tune in for updates and it’s a good idea to get prepared for that occur.        

As to the heat advisory -  if you have any outdoor plans today,  you are advised to take precautions…  Health experts  recommend limiting  outdoor activities to early morning  or evening hours. Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing and stay hydrated.  And make sure your pets have adequate shade and plenty of water also.  Check on elderly relatives and neighbors and make sure they are in a cool space and are keeping hydrated as well.