The Gulf Coast is experiencing a historic heat wave, with temperatures soaring to record highs.

The heat is being fueled by a relentless heat dome and warm Gulf of Mexico waters.

In some places, temperatures have reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heat is causing power outages and is making it difficult for people to stay cool.

Here are some of the locations that set all-time highs.

In Louisiana: • 114 at Leland Bowman Lock, with data since 1951 • 110 in Lafayette, with data since 1893

• 110 in Shreveport, tied the record since 1874 • 109 in Lake Charles, with data since 1895 • 106 in Baton Rouge, tied the record since 1930 • 105 in New Orleans, with data since 1930

In Texas:

• 112 in College Station, tied the record since 1888 • 111 in Beaumont-Port Arthur, with data since 1901

• 111 in Lufkin, with data since 1906 • 111 in Port Arthur, with data since 1947 • 109 in Houston, with data since 1889

In Mississippi and Alabama:

• 107 in Gulfport, Miss., with data since 1893 • 107 in Hattiesburg, Miss., with data since 1893

• 106 in Mobile, Ala., with data since 1872 • 104 in Biloxi, Miss., tied the record since 1893

In a number of locations, it was at least the second time breaking all-time records this month.

Health officials are urging people to stay hydrated and to avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.

The heat wave is expected to continue for several days.

People who live in the Gulf Coast region should be prepared for the heat and should take steps to stay safe.

Here are some tips for staying safe during a heat wave:

* Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. * Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.

* Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. * Stay in an air-conditioned room or in the shade. * Check on elderly neighbors and relatives. * Never leave children or pets in a hot car.

If you experience heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

The heat wave is a reminder of the dangers of climate change.

We need to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.