LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If you have been outside lately, you know that summer is officially here. The heat index is reaching the one-hundreds.
The weather is beautiful, but it is also hot. Currently, Southwest Louisiana is in the extreme caution category for heat index. KPLC Meteorologist Jeff Jumper, sheds some light on what that number actually means.
"With afternoon temperatures sitting at around 90 degrees and dew points in the low to mid 70's, that puts heat index values in the low one-hundreds. It felt like 105 degrees outside. That is just a number to say what it feels like. But, that number helps us determine how quickly you can get fatigued outdoors," said Jeff Jumper.
Jeff said, while you may want to get out and enjoy your day, you need to be careful. The heat can cause severe problems.
"If you stop sweating, and your skin gets hot and dry, you can get dizzy, or lose track of where you are, that is a heat stroke. That is a true medical emergency, that you need to go to the hospital for," said Jeff Jumper.
So, if you want to get the kids out of the house, rather than taking them to the park, you may want to try a water activity instead.
"It's a pretty day outside and it's hot. This is a good way for them to get outside and cool off," said Sharon Scott.
"It's hot and I want to keep the grand babies cool and calm," said Eddie Vital.
Area joggers said, when it comes to beating the heat, it is not always what you do, but rather, when and where you do it.
"We walk in the evening. The lake front has shade, and we duck into Drew Park, where there are a lot of trees"
I EVEN RAN INTO OUR OWN LEE PECK WHO HAS SOME ADVICE OF HIS OWN TO MAKE SURE HE STAYS SAFE WHILE OUT IN THE SUN.
"Well, naturally you are going to be thirsty after you run, but the thing to remember, is to drink plenty of water before you go run so you don't get over-heated. And, I also wear sun-block," said Lee Peck.
So, wether you are trying to stay in shape, or just looking to have some fun, remember to play it safe when heading outdoors.