SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service is warning people to take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated during this period of high heat and humidity.
An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect 8:00 p.m. Saturday for these counties in Missouri:
Benton-Morgan-Vernon-St. Clair-Hickory-Camden- Barton-Cedar-Polk-Dallas-Jasper-Dade
Also, a Heat Advisory remains in effect until 8 pm cdt Saturday for these counties in Missouri:
Arkansas counties included in this advisory are Boone-Marion-Baxter-Fulton-Sharp-Stone-Izard-Independence-Van Buren-Cleburne-Conway-Perry-Saline-Grant-Jefferson.
Afternoon high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s. Heat index values are expected to reach the 105 to 110 degree range. The highest heat indexes will occur during the mid to late afternoon hours on a daily basis. Overnight low temperatures will only fall into the middle to upper 70s.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also, 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 and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
(information provided by the National Weather Service, Springfield)
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