...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 PM CDT THIS EVENING...
The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued anExcessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from 1 PM this
afternoon to 7 PM CDT this evening. The Heat Advisory is nolonger in effect.
* TEMPERATURE...Temperatures will warm into the middle 90s as heat
index values will be around the 110 degree mark.
* IMPACTS...Hot and humid conditions will lead to dangerously high heat index values this afternoon across southeastern Kansas and
western Missouri. Exposure to these conditions will increase the potential for heat related illness. Young children and the
elderly are especially susceptible to these conditions.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period ofdangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot
temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a DANGEROUSSITUATION in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of
fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, andcheck up on relatives and neighbors.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in
vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true duringwarm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.
Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside.When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning
or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion andheat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safetyand health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest
breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcomeby heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat
stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.