Heat Watches and Warnings issued for the Mid South

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Excessively hot temperatures combined with high humidity will result in dangerous conditions outside over the next several days.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for much of Northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel through Monday evening.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for East and Central Arkansas.  Heat Index readings of 107 to 113 degrees are likely Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

It's encouraged not to stay outside for prolonged periods of time.  Limit your work and play time outside.  Being in the heat for too long could result in heat stroke or heat exhaustion.  

Remember the following if you are outside working or playing (from OSHA):
- Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic)
- Reschedule strenuous outdoor activities for early morning or evening
- Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing
- Take numerous breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas
- Know the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.  Heat Stroke is an emergency.  Call 911.
- Click for information on Heat Illnesses from the Centers for Disease Control

Help your family, friends and neighbors:
- Do not leave children or pets in unattended vehicles.  Temperatures can soar inside a parked car very quickly
- Check on neighbors, family, and friends who may not have air conditioning

The Heat Watches and Warnings may be needed into Tuesday and Wednesday, but the chances for thunderstorms and with them cooler temperatures may bring some relief.

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