Clarke Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 6:00 AM CDT on August 21, 2014

...The potential for dangerous heat impacts will increase across the region through the weekend...

An upper level ridge of high pressure will strengthen over much of the deep south today and will remain in place across our region through the weekend. This feature will result in hot temperatures across our local area through Sunday. High temperatures today will range from the lower to mid 90s near the coast to the upper 90s to near 100 degrees over inland portions of the region. High temperatures Friday through Sunday will rise to the mid to upper 90s near the coast and will range close to 100 degrees over much of the interior.

Humid conditions will persist across the region through the weekend... and heat index values are expected to range from 104 to 107 each afternoon...though some locations may experience heat indices between 108 and 110 degrees Friday through Sunday. A heat advisory may become necessary across portions of the region Friday through the weekend.

Children...the elderly...and people with chronic ailments are usually the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion...cramps or in extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions.

Persons working or playing sports outdoors from late morning through the afternoon are urged to drink plenty of fluids...taking frequent breaks to prevent overheating. Refrain from the Intake of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Remember to check on relatives and neighbors... especially the elderly to make sure they have adequate air conditioning.

Also...do not Forget about your pets. Pets should be brought indoors...especially during the heat of the day. If pets must be kept outdoors...provide shade and plenty of fresh water. Livestock are also vulnerable.

1202 am CDT Thu Aug 21 2014

...Risk of dangerous heat conditions through the weekend...

A high pressure system over our region will bring afternoon temperatures in the mid 90s near the coast...to near 100 inland...from Thursday through Sunday with little or no relief expected.

Combined with high surface humidity...the inland heat index will reach 102 to 107 each afternoon. Coastal areas may see 108 to 110 in some places due to higher humidity.

Heat exhaustion...cramps...or in extreme cases heat stroke...can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions. Children...the elderly...and those with chronic ailments are especially vulnerable.

Those working or playing sports outdoors from late morning through the afternoon on these days are urged to drink plenty of water and sport drinks. Take frequent breaks to prevent overheating. Refrain from the Intake of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Remember to check on relatives and neighbors...especially the elderly...and ensure they have air conditioning. Pets are better off indoors by midday but if they must be outdoors ensure they have shade and plenty of fresh water.