Last week we enjoyed mildly cooler weather and patches of rain. Now we are shriveling up like raisins as the heat climbs, sparking a heat advisory and triggering more burn bans.

The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory through Friday for nearly all of East Texas, but what does that mean? It means that a period of exceedingly high temps will spike in the afternoons along with high humidity and can increase the chance of heat related illnesses for those who are outdoors or have no air conditioners or way to circulate air.

Credit: NWS

This advisory is likely to extend into the weekend as temperatures remain higher than normal. The NWS predicts heat indices to max at 105-110 degrees, and our media partner KLTV, reports that this will most likely carry through the weekend and into next week.

HEAT EXHAUSTION & HEAT STROKE
With the increased temperature comes increased chances of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Do you know the signs to watch for? Here is a good visual from the NWS on the differences and what to do if you or someone you know is suffering:

Credit: National Weather Service

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people 65 and older, children younger than two and those who suffer from chronic disease or mental illness are at the highest risk and should be closely monitored.

KEEP YOUR COOL
Do not be fooled by this heat. Now is the time to take precautions and stay aware so you avoid getting sick.

Here are some recommendations from the CDC:

  • Stay hydrated. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink.
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, check with the local health department for public facilities that provide respite.
  • Don't use the oven or stove to cook, it will only heat your house and make it much harder to stay cool.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear lightweight, loose and light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on your neighbors and friends and have someone do the same for you.
  • Stay tuned to the local weather reports for updates.

You can learn more by visiting www.cdc.gov and navigating to the extreme heat section.

BURN BANS
The heat and dry conditions are also triggering burn bans in East Texas. Counties under burn bans are Franklin, Harrison, Henderson, Hunt and Rusk counties. Notice from the map...most of Texas is now under burn bans due to the weather.

Credit: Texas A&M Forest Service

So try to keep your cool East Texas as we ride the heat wave together.