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Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

High Temperatures Expected this Week in Southwest Missouri

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A heat advisory is in effect starting at noon today and going through tomorrow evening.  That means a period of hot temperatures is expected., and the heat and humidity could lead to heat illnesses, according to the National Weather Service.  It’s offering suggestions for staying safe including drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air conditioning and staying out of the sun if possible.  Check on relatives and neighbors.  If you have to work outside, take frequent breaks.

According to CoxHealth, common signs of heat-related illness are: 

  • Heavy sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Growing Pale
  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion or weakness

The Salvation Army, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, opens an Emergency Cooling Center when a heat advisory or warning is issued. Learn more at salvationarmyspringfield.org