Extreme heat on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Mississippi’s Southern six counties are currently under a heat advisory.
Temperatures are expected to hit the mid90s Friday, but if you’re outside, it might feel more like 110 degrees.
According to National Safety Council, in 2019, 884 people died and 2,061 were injured in the U.S. from exposure to excessive heat.
Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam stresses that prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to dire consequences. “The first thing we are trying to put out to everybody is to try to stay cool, if at all possible, when outdoors. If you can, stay cool indoors. If you can, wear sunscreen. If you can, pace yourself. If you have to work outside, pace yourself. One other thing we’re trying to tell people is continue to drink a lot of fluids, water and Gatorade. And know the signs of a heat emergency.”
Some of those signs are muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, a body temperature above 103 degrees and more.