UPDATED JUNE 30, 4:30 a.m.: The National Weather Service is continuing an excessive heat warning that includes DeSoto County until Saturday evening, July 1. An excessive heat watch, which was in effect after Friday evening has now been canceled with the warning extended through Saturday evening.
Here is information from the National Weather Service office in Memphis:
WHAT…For the Excessive Heat Warning, dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 116.
WHERE…Portions of East and Northeast Arkansas, North Mississippi, the Missouri Bootheel, and West Tennessee.
WHEN…For the Excessive Heat Warning, until 8 PM CDT Saturday.
IMPACTS…Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities. 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. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.