Pat Shingleton for Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for 23 parishes and eight Mississippi counties. The advisory prepares the public for a combination of high temperatures and high humidity that could create heat-related illnesses.

Residents are urged to reduce sun exposure, take frequent breaks, stay hydrated and check on the elderly. As air-conditioners experience extended usage, scattered power outages are possible. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is advancing its stretch of triple-digit readings to six days and globally, two deaths have been reported in Shanghai. For nine consecutive days, eastern China has suffered through 106-degree weather. Traditional summertime rains tracked northward due to a shift in a subtropical high. Typhoon Soulik hit China in July, causing flooding rains that haven’t returned. Fastcast: Super hot.