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Take Care to Avoid Heat Related Illness as Temperatures Soar

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The heat continues today, and for some counties in the KSMU listening area, an excessive heat warning is in effect.

Barton, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Jasper and Polk Counties are included in that warning from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.  A heat advisory continues for all of southern and central Missouri through Saturday evening. 

In the areas under an excessive heat warning, temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values of 105 to 110.  Other areas are expected to see temperatures in the mid 90s with a heat index around 105.

According to the National Weather Service, that will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness.  Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room if possible, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.  The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and anyone participating in strenuous outdoor activities are most at risk of heat illness.