Heat advisory

Ole' sol continues to pour it on the Four State region today.

A heat advisory remains in effect for Columbia, Lafayette, Union and Ouachita counties through 7 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport said daytime heat index values will be from near 105 to near 110 degrees, with overnight values only falling to near 80 degrees.

High heat index readings will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

magnoliareporter.com recorded 0.35 inches of rain on Wednesday, raising the July total to 1.16 inches and 30.40 inches since January 1.

Isolated thunderstorms remain possible north of Interstate 20 on Thursday with scattered thunderstorms over central Louisiana.

The primary threats with any storms this time of year are cloud to ground lightning, gusty winds and brief heavy downpours.

During Friday and especially this weekend into early next week, thunderstorms will become much more numerous with heavier rainfall likely. A potential for flooding may arise as a tropical system develops along the Gulf Coast and then moves inland during the weekend.

The system will then move over parts of the Four State area this weekend through early next week.

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