Excessive Heat Warnings in the Central Plains and Ozarks Jul 17, 2017

A blast of heat is ahead this week in the mid section of the nation. Temperatures will in the 90s and 100s will be felt in Kansas, Missouri and Western Illinois this week. With high humidity, the heat index will climb well into the triple digits. An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued  through Friday, including Kansas City and St. Louis.

Most areas will avoid triple digit readings today, but the mercury will climb all week. 90s and 100s will be found throughout the region into the weekend. The National Weather Service reminds residents the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create  a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or will be spending a lenghthy time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to 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.

In the Upper Midwest today, a southerly wind ahead of a cold front is pushing highs well into the 90s across most of Minnesota. A few spots in West Central Minnesota may see 100, with the heat index to near 105. A Heat Advisory remains in effect into this evening.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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