Excessive Heat Warning to begin Wednesday afternoon; continues through Saturday

4 months 21 hours 52 minutes ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 4:56:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in Weather
By: Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist
Excessive Heat Warning: July 17-20, 2019.

COLUMBIA - The first major heat wave of the summer is approaching Missouri and the Midwest. Starting Wednesday and continuing through the weekend, afternoon high temperatures will reach the middle to upper 90s, nearing 100º. Meanwhile, when humidity is factored in, heat indices will reach 105 to 110º.

Low temperatures will only reach the upper 70s, near 80º.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning beginning Wednesday and ending Saturday evening. This heat wave should be taken seriously. When all weather phenomena are considered, heat is by far the number one killer in the United States.

HEAT SAFETY CHECKLIST

  • Drink more water than usual
  • Stay cool as often as possible
  • Check on your elderly neighbors
  • Be sure pets have extra water, shade, or a small pool of water to lay in
  • If you feel lightheaded, don't shrug it off, take it seriously. Tell someone, take a break in the shade or air conditioning, and drink water. 
 
Columbia’s current cooling centers include:  
  • Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) at 1701 W. Ash St. - 573-874-7700
  • Armory Sports and Community Center at 701 E. Ash St. - 573-817-5077
  • Boone County Government Center at 801 E. Walnut St. - 573-886-4305
  • Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services at 1005 W. Worley St. - 573-874-7355
  • Columbia Mall at 2300 Bernadette Drive - 573-445-8458
  • Columbia Public Library at 100 W. Broadway - 573-443-3161
  • Salvation Army at 1108 W. Ash St. - 573-442-3229
  • Salvation Army Harbor House at 602 N. Ann St. - 573-442-1984     

HEAT + HEALTH

    Exposure to extreme heat can cause a variety of health problems, including heatstroke and even death. At particular risk are infants and children up to 4 years old, people 65 years old and older and people who are ill or on certain medications. 

    Heatstroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It happens when the body becomes unable to control its temperature as it rises rapidly; the sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down.
    It can take as little as 10 minutes for heatstroke to happen. It can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Warning signs vary but may include an extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees), red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating), rapid, strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and loss of consciousness. 

    Heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps:
    • Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. If you don't have air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool.
    • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
    • Drink water often. Don't wait until you are thirsty. Stay hydrated.
    • Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air conditioning.
    • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim. 
    • Apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions. Look for sunscreens that say "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection" on their labels, these products work best.
    For more information on cooling centers or our utility assistance programs, please visit the City of Columbia website
     

    KOMU 8 FAN CLUB

    Help our friends and neighbors in need beat the heat this summer by donating a new or gently used fan to KOMU 8's Fan Club at Lowe's in Columbia or Westlake Ace Hardware in Jefferson City or Fulton.

    If you are in need of a fan, or would like more information about this program, visit the official website.

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