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July 24, 2013

Drink water, stay cool to avoid misery index

— Get out the sun block, it’s going to be a scorcher this week — near 100 degrees Wednesday — and the high temps are expected to stay that way for several days.

Though typical for this time of year, last week’s cloud cover provided at least a few days respite from summer temperatures.

But, with the system over, the mercury is starting to climb.

“It’s pretty typical for this time of year, when temperatures start getting close to the 100-degree mark,” Joe Rua, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office, said Tuesday.

A sunny Wednesday is expected to result in a high temperature of  97, with a heat index reaching a sweltering 108. Winds will be from the southwest 5 to 15 mph.

Expect sunny to partly sunny skies to last through Saturday, with temperatures hovering around 96 Tuesday, and dipping to the lower 90s on Friday and Saturday when a few clouds return.

Rua said the NWS does not expect any record-breaking temperatures in the near future like those 100-degree-plus temperatures last summer, and that no heat  advisories are in effect during the coming days.

Still, Rua said people should be wary of summer temperatures.

“It is going to be hot, so drink plenty of water, try to stay indoors if at all possible during the afternoon hours, wear light-colored clothing, just take all the normal precautions,” Rua said.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are about 92.

The next possibility of rain is forecast for Sunday, with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Since January, the Port Arthur area has received 34.01 inches of rainfall, which is 1.72 inches  above the norm.

So far during the month of July, Port Arthur has received 2.75 inches of precipitation.

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