Another week in the Parkland and another heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for St. Francois, Madison, Washington, Ste. Genevieve Iron and surrounding counties through Thursday at 7 p.m.
The advisory warns of dangerous levels of heat and humidity through the period. Peak afternoon heat index values in the Parkland will reach between 100 and 110 degrees. Heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke are a real threat and will continue through the week as the heat continues to build.
The public is urged to take extra precautions if they work or spend time outside:
• 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.
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