Issued at: 3:10 am CDT on August 20, 2014, expires at: 7:00 PM CDT on August 24, 2014
- ...Heat advisory in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT Sunday... The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a heat advisory...which is in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT Sunday.
- Timing...dangerous levels of heat and humidity will begin on Wednesday afternoon...and will continue for the rest of the week and into the upcoming weekend.
- Heat index values...up to 105 due to temperatures in the mid 90s...and dewpoints around 70.
- Impacts...the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will likely lead to an increased risk of heat- related stress and illness. The very Young... the elderly... those without air conditioning...and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also...car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat...check the backseat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle...not even for a minute. Precautionary/preparedness actions... Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1 immediately.