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MEMA warns of hottest temperatures of the year

Drought IndianaACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While Mississippians enjoyed cooler-than-normal temperatures earlier this month, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is warning residents about the current heat wave.

Mississippi will see the hottest temperatures of the year this week, bringing with it dangerous heat indices. Most of North Mississippi was under a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. last night as “real feel” temperatures were expected to be between 105-108 degrees. Heat indices will be near or over 100 for a majority of the state through the weekend.

“Check on your family, friends and neighbors, especially senior citizens in your community,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “People really need to limit their time outside and drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration.”

National Weather Service data shows 92 people died as a result of heat in 2013. It’s also important to remember “beat the heat, check the backseat.” Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for one minute. If you see a child in an unattended vehicle, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

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