Friday, December 2, 2022

UM Emergency Management Warns of Heat-Related Illnesses

By Talbert Toole
Lifestyles Editor

Photo via Ole Miss Health Twitter.

As the LOU community dives deeper into the summer season, the heat index and heat waves are steadily increasing. The University of Mississippi Emergency Management Services shared an informational guide on heat-related illness Friday morning due to the high heat index of 100 degrees for the Oxford area.

The Memphis-based National Weather Service released a hazardous weather outlook on Friday morning which included Lafayette, Yalobusha, Panola and several other counties located on North Mississippi.

Although Lafayette and other counties in close proximity luckily avoided heat advisories, UM Emergency Management is still advocating for civilians to be cautious in such high heat indexes.

Heat strokes, cramps and exhaustion are many side effects from spending too much time in extreme heat. If experiencing any symptoms from the bellow graphic, the department lists a plethora of ways to combat the illnesses.

Photo via UM Emergency Management Services & RebAlert.

If symptoms worsen, seek medical attention immediately.

“Most of the Mid-South will see heat index values this afternoon between 100 and 105, with the exception of areas that thunderstorms develop,” the NWS reported Friday morning.

Saturday the heat index and humidity will continue to be steady in the 100’s with the high being 105 in the areas.

Sunday could bring a possibility of thunderstorms to the Mid-South with the main threat being high winds.

For more information on weather in the surrounding areas, visit the National Weather Service website.