LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – It is going to be a hot Memorial Day weekend and it is important you take precautions to ensure your safety outdoors.
Friday, May 25, is National Heat Safety Awareness Day. And with temperatures expected well into the 90s next week, hydration is going to be key.
"We definitely keep water on us for sure. Sunscreen, light clothes,” Karissa Dean said.
Karissa and her mother Cheryl went hiking at Pinnacle Mountain Friday. It's especially important you are prepared for the heat when you head outdoors.
"It got warm back in there even in the shade,” Cheryl Dean said.
Matthew Friant with Arkansas State Parks says this weekend is going to be hot, so pay close attention to the weather.
"Hike at appropriate times. Try maybe avoiding the middle of the day,” Friant said.
Friant says places like Pinnacle Mountain will be packed this weekend and he recommends hiking early in the morning or in the evening.
"Account for Arkansas' humidity. That can also play a huge factor in an individual reaction to the temperature,” he said.
He also said do not overdo yourself in this heat.
"We have several cases every summer where certain visitors underestimate their abilities or just don't come out prepared,” Friant said.
And for your furry, four-legged friends, Friant said it is best to keep them inside if you can.
"If they could not take their animals up the mountain, maybe consider a more pet-friendly trail,” he said.
Heat exhaustion could also happen if you are not careful. Signs to watch out for are slurred speech, dizziness and maybe some faintness.
"If you stop sweating you need to make immediate measures to take care of yourself. You need to find shade, you need to cool down and definitely hydrate,” Friant said.