HEAT ADVISORY: Tips to stay safe and cool in mid-Missouri

HEAT ADVISORY: Tips to stay safe and cool in mid-Missouri (Photo: MGN)

Across the mid-west, the long, hot days of summer can bring dangerously high temperatures.

Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook is for portions of eastern and central Missouri as well as west central and southwest Illinois.

A heat advisory also was issued for nine counties in mid-Missouri from Tuesday to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Some of those areas include:

  • Brunswick
  • Marshall
  • Sedalia
  • Boonville
  • Versailles
  • Warsaw

While this weather is typical for a summer in Missouri, it's always a challenge for people who work outside.

Workers at Kwik Kar Lube and Tune note how the heat affects their bodies.

"You get fatigued a lot quicker, sweaty, angry, everything is a lot hotter. Every time a car comes in, it is very hot because of driving out in the weather," Trevor Jolley said.

"Oh yes, I can tell when I don't drink enough water. I start to get headaches and what not and get dizzy and stuff," Gavin Tharp said.

Noting that the summer weather feels worse than the summer prior, Jolley says he suspects the hot temperatures will get worse before they get better.

If you plan on being out in the extreme heat and humidity this summer, the Red Cross has provided there tips for staying cool and safe in the heat:

  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. If possible avoid dark colors, they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat and take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat and make sure they have plenty of cool water.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, find relief from the heat during the day at public spaces like schools, libraries, theaters, malls ect.

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