Good morning, Red River Valley! 

Today's continued heat advisory marks the seventh consecutive day of dangerous temperatures with heat indices in excess of 105 degrees. The forecast high today is 100 degrees with a heat index value of 107. An excessive heat warning for Delta, Fannin and Lamar counties issued by the National Weather Service for today has been cancelled as meteorologists believe the period of dangerous heat will be short-lived before scattered showers and thunderstorms develop. 

That will be the result of a cold front making its way south into the area. Storms, if they form, will bring a considerable threat for downburst winds, meteorologists warn. Some winds may be severe. Lightning also will  be a hazard.

All counties remain under a heat advisory today, with Fannin, Delta, Lamar and Choctaw counties' in effect through 8 p.m. Today's heat advisory for Red River County remains in effect through 7 p.m.

"Be sure to check on persons with health problems and the elderly, as they are the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Never leave young children or pets in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time, as temperatures can quickly rise to life threatening levels," the advisories state.

"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 heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water."

Don't forget to check on neighbors, children and pets, and stay cool today. Have a great Tuesday!

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6960 or

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News and the editor of Paris Life Magazine. He resides in Paris with his wife, Krystle, and their three children, Charlie, Annalise and Willow.

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