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Heat Advisory in Effect Until Saturday Night

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As the summer sun continues to shine down here in mid-July, the heat will continue to rise.  As a result, a heat advisory is in full effect.  KSMU’s Scott Butler reports.

Springfield is in a rain drought since this summer has been, so far, hot and dry.  Mike Griffin is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield.

“Looking at the climate data for Springfield, we’re running about 5 ½ inches below normal on rainfall since June 1.  So June was very dry, July has been very dry, it has also been very hot and it’s this weather pattern we have been stuck in that’s has just not given us much relief from the heat and dry weather,” he said.

The heat advisory will be in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday.  Until then, stay cool and hydrated.  Katie Towns-Jeter is the spokesperson for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

“First and foremost, drink plenty of water.  Even if you’re not thirsty, make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.  You want to avoid strenuous work or exercise during the hottest part of the day and try, as much as possible, to stay in an air-conditioned facility,” she said.

With no foreseeable rain anytime soon, this heat will be sticking around for a while longer.  Greene County and the Ozarks are just in the midst of a high pressure system.

Again, Mike Griffin.

“We have a very large ridge of high pressure that is just anchored and centered right on top of the Ozarks and as long as this big ridge of high pressure is nearby, our rain chances are slim to none.  We don’t see any good rain chances through the end of the weekend and about now, early next week there could be changes in the weather pattern as the high moves away from us and we could see some slight rain chances and some just slightly cooler temperatures,” he said.

One more tip for avoiding heat-related illness, wear light-colored, loose fitted clothing.

For KSMU News, I’m Scott Butler.