JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Dreadfully high temperatures and humidity continue to make Region 8 unbearable.
By midday Tuesday, temperatures were near 90 degrees with dew points in the upper 70s, according to Meteorologist Bryan McCormick.
A combination of very hot temperatures and high humidity will create dangerously high heat indices in the coming days, he said.
A ridge of high pressure will build across the Mid-South Tuesday, creating afternoon highs in the upper-90s Monday and Tuesday.
Combined with high humidity, the heat index is expected to peak near 110F.
While it is best to stay inside where it is air conditioned, for those who must work outside, Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan urges plenty of shade breaks and water.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday that much of the South--from Texas to South Carolina--would be under heat advisories and warnings as heat indices rise as high as 117 degrees.
The most intense heat is expected in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi; and in areas near Memphis, Tennessee.
The NWS cautions that heat exhaustion and heat strokes are possible.
To help residents stay cool, the City of Jonesboro announced on social media Tuesday new hours for the community centers.
Earl Bell will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Allen and Parker Community Centers will be open from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon until 5 Saturday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says extreme heat waves are a leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the United States.
From 1999 to 2010, according to the CDC, a total of 7.415 died of heat-related deaths.
The following groups are more at risk of experiencing heat stress or heat-related deaths:
- Infants and children up to 4 years of age
- People 65 years of age and older
- People who are overweight
- People who are ill or on certain medications.
The CDC advises everyone to follow these simple steps:
- Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. If you don't have air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool. Cooling stations and senior centers are also available in many large cities for people of all ages.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water often. Don't wait until you are thirsty.
- Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.
- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.
Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan, along with Meteorologists Bryan McCormick and Zach Holder will keep watch on the weather and provide the latest updates online and on-air.
For the latest forecast and temperatures, download our Region 8 Weather and Region 8 News apps. You can also find them in your app store.
Also, be sure to follow the Region 8 StormTeam on social media.