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Typical July scorcher on the way

If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen … and the rest of the Parkland as well, because it appears we’re getting ready to experience a typical “July in Missouri” scorcher.

NOAA on Sunday released a heat advisory covering St. Francois and its surrounding counties that remains in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The advisory warns of dangerous heat and humidity in the area with heat index values of between 105 and 115 degrees in the afternoons and evenings on both Monday and Tuesday.

The first dose of excessive heat hit the area hard on Sunday with afternoon highs topping 95 degrees, but feeling like it was 110. Thermometers aren’t expected to dip below the 90 degree mark until Wednesday when a high of 87 is forecasted. High temperatures are expected to remain bouncing around the 90 degree mark, at least into early next week and possibly longer.

In addition to the high heat indices expected this week, a chance of isolated thunderstorms is also expected for the area through Thursday.

Due to possible incidences of heat stress caused by the expected high levels of heat and humidity, NOAA encourages the following precautionary measures for those planning to 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 health risks while performing work outdoors, OSHA recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

Those overcome by heat should be immediately moved to a cool and shaded location.

  Pet owners are also urged by the Missouri Humane Society to make sure their pets have a cool place of retreat and plenty of water to drink.

  Check  to remain current with the latest weather advisories and warnings, as well as information regarding the location of possible heat stations available throughout the area. Heat stations are designated places where residents can escape the hottest portion of a day in the safety and comfort of a free, air-conditioned facility.

Kevin R. Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at  .

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