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Area residents face the summer heat

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“But it won’t push the temperatures down into the 80s,” Butts said.

“We’ll probably see it in the low- to mid-90s.”

As for the long-term forecast, Butts said Lincoln Parish could expect the current hot weather trend to continue.

A Ruston physician said that means area residents need to take special care.

Dr. Glenn Figueroa listed the following “common sense” steps everyone should take during excessively hot weather:

• If you can’t stay indoors, stay in the shade, preferably in a spot where you can stand in a breeze;

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