Excessive Heat Warning in Southeast Texas

Excessive Heat Warning in Southeast Texas

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued an excessive heat warning for Southeast Texas, including Jefferson and Orange Counties. Temperatures could reach the triple digits this afternoon, Aug. 10, NWS reports, and the heat index could rise to 115 degrees.

NWS explains an Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures is expected to occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. According to NWS,  "a stubborn upper level high pressure system over the South Central United States will keep strong subsidence over the region resulting in temperatures climbing into the upper 90s to low 100s away from the immediate coast with heat index values in the 106 to 115 range this afternoon."

The Excessive Heat Warning is in effect from 11 a.m. this morning until 8 p.m. this evening. Temperatures are expected to stay well above normal with heat indices expected to be in the triple-digits, up to 108 degrees, this week, so residents should be prepared, warns NWS.

NWS suggests local residents drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. 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 heat stroke,including confusion, dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration), dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, muscle or abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

The Salvation Army in Beaumont opened a cooling station in the lobby area of their main building at 2350 Interstate 10 East on Friday, Aug. 7. The cooling station will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Water and snacks will be provided for anyone who wants to come cool off at the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army staff reports they would appreciate donations so they can keep the cooling station open all this week. The non-profit is accepting monetary donations and donations of water and snacks like crackers, cookies, or fruit at the 2350 Interstate 10 East location between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the donations will allow the cooling station to remain open during the excessive heat.