JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA
June 21, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HEAT ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THE AREA WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
JEFFERSON, LA – The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area effective tomorrow (Wednesday, June 22, 2022). A heat wave will begin to build in our area and persist with increasing temperatures approaching the triple-digit mark through Sunday, June 26, 2022. Dangerously high temperatures between 97-100+ degrees with heat index values well above 108 degrees are expected. Citizens should take precautionary measures to avoid becoming a victim of heat exhaustion and related illnesses.
Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. Some factors that might increase your risk of developing a heat-related illness include: high levels of humidity, obesity, fever, dehydration, prescription drug use, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and alcohol use.
Heat-related illnesses can be prevented by:
- Wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Staying cool indoors and scheduling outdoor activities carefully
- Wearing sunscreen
- Staying hydrated
- Avoiding hot and heavy meals
- Not leaving children or pets in cars (Note: cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with an open window.)
During high temperatures, it is important to monitor those at high risk, including infants and young children, people 65 years of age or older, people who are overweight, people who overexert during work or exercise and people who are physically ill (especially with heart disease or high blood pressure), or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia or poor circulation.
For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.jeffparish.net. Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.
Jefferson Parish Public Information Office
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123
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Gretchen Hirt Gendron, PIO