Governor declares state of emergency due to extreme heat

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Monday due to the multiple impacts of extreme heat affecting the state.

“This summer, the National Weather Service has issued a record number of excessive heat warnings for Louisiana,” Edwards said. “The Louisiana Department of Health reports that the state has already exceeded the average number of annual heat-related emergency room visits. Additionally, drought conditions and a significant drop in the Mississippi River’s water level have added stress on water supplies and agriculture. This declaration will allow the state to mobilize resources and aid those most affected. Please continue to take precautions when you are outside and check on neighbors who might need assistance.”


Temperatures have routinely eclipsed 100 degrees this summer. It was the warmest June and July on record since 1930.

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