Use extreme caution if you must be outdoors today.

East Texas is experiencing some extreme weather here lately in the form of extreme heat. The past few days have been sunny with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 90's along with high humidity values. That trend will seem to continue well into this week with temperatures in the mid to upper 90's with lots of sunshine.

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When high temperatures mix with high humidity it can become dangerous quickly for everyone, including animals.

The National Weather Service out of Shreveport has issued an

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING - for all of the central and eastern counties in East Texas

While the National Weather Service out of Ft. Worth has issued a

HEAT ADVISORY - for all of the western counties in East Texas.

An Excessive Heat Warning indicates dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 111 degrees or higher. These conditions will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, especially for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

A Heat Advisory indicates hot conditions with heat index values ranging from 105 - 110 degrees. These conditions too, will increase the risk of heat related illnesses to occur.

Take extra precautions on days like these by doing the following:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • stay in an air conditioned building
  • stay out of direct sunlight
  • check on elderly and neighbors
  • wear light clothing
  • watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke
  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle for any reason
  • make sure pets and animals have access to shade along with fresh water

To learn how to treat heat related illnesses - heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke - check the Ready.gov website on signs, symptoms and treatment.