EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Heat levels will be dangerously high for many East Texans over the next few days as we continue to bake under the hot, August sun. Our current heat wave is bringing us the hottest weather we have endured so far this summer as August gets off to a blistering start.
As a result, an Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Sabine and Shelby counties in Deep East Texas through 7pm Friday. This means heat index values may top out over 110 degrees, making for dangerous heat levels during the afternoon hours for the cities of Center, Tenaha, Timpson, Shelbyville, Milam, and Hemphill, to name a few.
A Heat Advisory has been extended for Angelina, Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Rusk, and San Augustine counties through 7pm Friday as heat index values in these locations will range from 104 to 108 degrees.
A ridge of high pressure will keep the unrelenting heat in place through the remainder of the week and continue through the upcoming weekend. This heat ridge will suppress the clouds, and therefore, limit our chances for any cooling showers. At the same time, the sinking air will heat up the atmosphere and allow the ground to dry out even more.
In the meantime, make sure you slow down and hydrate yourself, not only during the times when you are outside, but even when you are indoors and may not be thirsty. Also, check on the kids and the elderly as they are typically more susceptible to these hot, summer temperatures.
One of the best ways to stay on top of the heat where you live is to have our FREE KTRE First Alert weather app. on both your smart phone and tablet devices.