NEW ORLEANS — The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued an excessive heat warning for large portions of Louisiana through Saturday.
Forecasters say dangerously hot conditions with "feels like" heat index values as high as 113°F are possible between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or doing activities outside.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency! Call 9-1-1.