The Weather Service issued this Special Weather Statement:
Hot and humid conditions expected to end the week. Temperatures will climb into the middle 90s this afternoon and again on Saturday with heat index values between 99 and 104.
Little relief is expected during the overnight hours as temperatures only fall into the lower 70s across the Ozarks and southeastern Kansas. Heat advisories are issued for counties in northern Missouri including the Sedalia and Clinton areas and on into Kansas City, St. Joseph and Kirksville.
These hot and humid conditions will lead to a heightened risk of heat related stress and illness especially for the young and elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in sports and strenuous outdoor activities.
A cold front is expected to move through the region on Sunday and provide some relief in temperatures along with the potential for showers and storms.
Take extra precautions if you work outside or need to spend time outside late this week. Be sure to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
Also pay special attention to pets and animals which may also be susceptible to heat related illness.
Make sure not to leave children or pets unattended or alone in a vehicle...Beat the heat and check the backseat.
(information provided by National Weather Service, Springfield, MO)
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