Are you ready for Summer?
Although rarely recognized, heat is by far the number one killer of all weather events. Over the last ten years, heat has averaged nearly 200 fatalities a year, with flash flooding being second to heat with 90 fatalities a year. In 1995 alone, there were over 1021 heat related fatalities. Extreme heat affects all who live in the Ark-La-Tex, but the elderly, poor, infants and those who work outside during the summer are the most likely to succumb to the heat.
Click on the following links for informational statements about heat.
Heat Index Chart
How to read the chart: find the temperature on the left hand side, then move to the right until you find the column for the approximate relative humidity. That number will be the temperature that it will "feel" like. Example: A temperature of 95 and relative humidity of 50% will "feel" like 107 degrees. Add up to 15 degrees if in the direct sun.
Heat Index/Heat Disorders