It's dangerously hot out there!

By Staff
HEATING UP The sign at Great Southern National Bank on 22nd Avenue tells the tale on Wednesday a temperature reading only three points shy of triple digits. Factoring in the heat index, however, Meridian has been in triple digits nearly all month. PHOTO BY KYLE CARTER / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
It's summertime in Mississippi, and thanks to the intense summer heat and humidity, the living is not so easy.
The National Weather Service in Jackson issued a heat watch for today and a local spokesman said the heat index is expected to reach more than 110 degrees.
John Baxter with the National Weather Service in Meridian said people and animals are in danger when the heat index exceeds 105 degrees.
Baxter said the heat index is a measure of how hot it feels outside when the relative humidity is added to the actual temperature. He said temperatures are measured in the shade for accuracy.
According to the NWS Web site, in a normal year, about 175 people die in the U.S. as a result of summer heat. Between the years 1936-1975, about 20,000 people were killed by the effects of heat and solar radiation.
Baxter said when the humidity is above 50 percent, the body becomes less efficient at cooling itself down because sweat will not evaporate.
At about 3 p.m. on Wednesday the temperature at Meridian's Key Field was 93 degrees, the heat index was 103 degrees and the humidity was at 50 percent.
Tips for beating the summer heat include putting off outside chores to the coolest part of the day, drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcoholic drinks.
want to beat the heat?
Here are a few tips for staying healthy and cool in the summer heat.
Slow down Strenuous activities should be reduced,
eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.
Dress for summer Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Eat smart Foods high in protein increase water loss and should be avoided.
Drink plenty of water Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty; do not drink alcohol.
Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
Source: National Weather Service

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