Wonderful morning, Red River Valley!

Did you stay cool and hydrated yesterday? Prepare to do it again today because we've got a forecast high of 95 under mostly sunny skies, with a heat index value expected to top 109 degrees.

That high heat and humidity is why the National Weather Service in Dallas-Fort Worth has maintained a heat advisory for the region. For Lamar, Fannin and Delta counties, the heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Red River County's heat advisory will remain in effect until 7 p.m. and Choctaw County's will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m.

There is a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. as a cold front heads toward the region. Any storms that manage to develop should be "very weak with only some brief gusty winds and lightning," forecasters said.

The main thing to remember is to beware that heat. Heat exhaustion or stroke may set in if people and pets do not stay adequately cooled and hydrated, the National Weather Service warns.

"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 advisory states.

"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."

Keep that in mind and it should be a great Wednesday!

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

Managing Editor

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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