This item probably falls under the category of “Just what I wanted to read.” On the National Weather Service’s chat room, posts were reviewed Thursday concerning the number of heat advisories issued this summer. In June, we recorded six days where heat advisories were posted, remembering that on four consecutive days in June we had record heat.

Last month, there was only one day where a heat advisory was declared. This month, we have recorded nine days when heat advisories were needed, and three days were placed in the severe category where excessive heat warnings were declared. Also this week, Agricultural and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain reported six parishes were declared disaster areas due to Mississippi River flooding, including East and West Feliciana. Fastcast: Hot, dry.

Mostly sunny and hot. High near 96. Heat index values as high as 107 degrees. Calm winds becoming westerly at 5 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, low about 76. Southwesterly winds 5 mph.