Us here in Shreveport, Louisiana (and all of North Louisiana, really) are no strangers to heat. Every summer, more or less, is brutal - to put it mildly. However, for whatever unfortunate reason, it's gotten REALLY hot really fast. We're experience 'Dog Days of Summer' heat already (the Farmer's Almanac was predicting them to take place between July 3 - August 11).

To put it in perspective, yesterday with the heat index, temps soared past 105 degrees. And according to the National Weather Service, there's no signs of relief anywhere in sight.

What's the Forecast for Shreveport, Louisiana


Back in April, the National Weather Service predicted an absolutely brutal summer full of excessive heat and humidity. And, unfortunately for us, those predictions have been right on the money.

There's currently an excessive heat advisory in place and a severe heat warning until at least July 2nd. To put it in perspective, the high is expected to be between 97 & 99 today, with the 'feels like temperature' between 104 & 107. Yikes. And, looking at the forecast for the next 10 days, it's not going to get any better.

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According to Weather.com, the long term forecast is not a positive one. Between now & July 12th, there's projected to be 7 days of 100+ degree temps. You add in the heat index and we're looking at extremely dangerous conditions.

What Can You Do to Stay Safe in the Shreveport Heat

When the temps get this high, it can get dangerous and potentially deadly. It can dehydrate you. It can make any sort of outdoor activity a potentially fatal proposition. Here's a few tips that can make the summer heat - at the very least - be somewhat safe and bearable.

1. Stay Hydrated - The CDC recommends drinking anywhere from 16 - 32 ounces of cool water for every hour you spend in the heat.

2. Find Some Shade - Whether you find a tree or bring along an umbrella or a pop-up tent, shade makes a huge difference. Of course, a cabana boy fanning you with a large palm leaf would be good, too!

3. Take a Dip - Is there anything more refreshing than taking a swim during the summer? Whether it's a pool, lake, or even running through the sprinkler, it'll cool you down fast. Just make sure to wear sunscreen!

4. Try to Avoid Peak Heat - If you can schedule your activity for the morning before the full heat of the day or when the sun is finally going down, do it! And don't forget to make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise.

5. Wet Towels - Keep damp towels in a cooler or even better, freeze paper towels and take them with you. When you get hot, apply these to your neck and wrists. You'll instantly feel much cooler. And if you can find it, try Florida Water. We used this during travel ball and it really works! A spray bottle filled with chilled water is nice, too!

6. Choose Lightweight, Light-Colored, Loose Fitting Clothing -  Trust me on this, darker colors get hotter faster and you certainly don't want to be caught wearing a wool blend in 90+ degree heat. Opt for breathable cotton fabrics that fit loosely and allow your body room to breathe and regulate its temperature.

 7. Chill Your Lotions - You'll thank me for this one. There's nothing more soothing than smoothing on some nice cool sunscreen!

8. Wear a Hat - Don't wear just any hat though... I've found that a close-fitting baseball cap only makes me hotter. You want to find something with a wide enough brim that will protect your face, neck, and ears so you don't get a sunburn!

9. Pace Yourself - If you're working or playing outside in the heat and you're not used to it, make sure you limit your time outdoors. Later, as you become acclimated, you can increase your time in the heat.

10. Take a Drive - Even if you don't have A/C in your vehicle, roll your windows down and enjoy the breeze!

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