Heat warning for Ashley, Desha, Chicot, Drew, and Lincoln countiesMon, August 23, 2021 by Deseray MckinzySHARE NOW HomeLocal NewsHeat warning for Ashley, Desha, Chicot, Drew, and Lincoln countiesAnother Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect Tuesday until 8 p.m. for Ashley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, and Lincoln counties. Dangerously hot conditions with daytime heat index values as high as 112 to 115 degrees are expected.Other parts of the state, including other Southeast Arkansas counties, remain under a Heat Advisory with expected heat index values of 105 to 110.Heat index values will remain high for Wednesday afternoon with values approaching 110 degrees in southeastern sections of the state. Temperatures will gradually cool later this week and into the weekend though chances for thunderstorms increase over time each afternoon into early next week.Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.Seark Today encouraged people to drink more water, take precautions while engaging in outdoor activities, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments to reduce risk during outdoor work.Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency! Call 911.