Heat advisory issued through Tuesday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Temperatures are climbing into the upper 90s with high humidity that can produce heat indices of 103 to 107 degrees.

“I love being outside, but I have enough sense not to stay outside for too long in this heat,” said Gail Miller.

A heat advisory is in effect for Lauderdale County and surrounding counties including Kemper, Newton and Neshoba.

“Heat advisory warnings come from the National Weather Service in Jackson. They issue heat advisories if the air temperature could potentially reach 103 or a heat indices that is potentially at 108 or higher than that,” said Storm Team 11 Meteorologist Jake Dalton.

A heat advisory is issued when the heat and humidity combination can stress your body to dangerous levels.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 600 deaths per year are caused by heat related illnesses,” said Dalton.

We spoke with locals about how that are beating the heat.

“I use sunscreen always. I keep a lot of ice water with me and I keep hydrating the whole time I’m outside,” said local resident Evelyn Dorsett.

“I just need a few minutes to feed the geese, then I go back to my car were there’s air conditioning,” said local resident Doris Hom.

We also asked pet owners what they are doing to keep their pets from overheating.

“He’ll be getting extra water. I’ll be watching him for signs of distress or a heat stroke. When it’s this hot, I try to keep the animals indoors,” said Dorsett.

“We take him out for a short time, bring him back in the house, and put him under the air conditioning,” said Steven Miller.

Dalton gives tips when spending a lot of time outside.

“You want to take as many breaks as possible. Drink plenty of water and try to get under an AC as much as possible. Once you are outside for a certain amount of time, you can possibly get heat related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Sometimes you don’t get symptoms until you are at a point where you have to be hospitalized,” said Dalton.

The heat advisory is extended to Tuesday until 9pm.