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Keep cool and drive on

1 year 3 months 5 days ago July 21, 2015 Jul 21, 2015 Tuesday, July 21 2015 July 21, 2015 8:34 AM in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather
By: Meteorologist Josh Eachus

While snarled traffic is nothing new to the Baton Rouge area, morning delays have been much heavier this week due to accidents. The Monday and Tuesday Morning commutes along I-10 through the Capital City were largely impacted by a series of crashes.

Is there a cause for these traffic headaches? While it may be a loose tie, science has shown that hot weather can test tempers.

Like traffic, certainly heat is nothing new to the Baton Rouge area either. However, highs in the mid and upper 90s running 3-5° above average may be making the hottest days of summer a little more dogged than usual.

The combat to stay cool is mostly mental according to LiveScience.com. In extreme heat, moods are lowered due to trouble sleeping, dehydration, and being cooped up in air conditioning to stay cool-leading to increased feelings of violence and aggression. The lack of control over the situation further irritates some people. Doctors even recognize this as a summer version of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

In the heat, the WBRZ Weather team reminds you to stay hydrated, wear loose fitting clothing and try not to over-exert inside. Certainly you don't need to remain in the house by take a little distance off of that normal run, play 9 instead of 18 and try and get in most of the yardwork in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler.

Most importantly, care for one another. Check on those without access to air conditioning and make sure pets have a cool place too!

Lastly, let's manage the heat-induced aggression together! Slow down on the interstates, keep cool and drive on so we can all keep moving!

Above average heat is going to continue through the month. Stay with the WBRZ Weather team online and on social media for the latest forecasts!


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