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COLUMBIA - The National Weather Service is predicting the heat index to get up to 109 degrees Wednesday. 

Columbia College's head softball coach, Wendy Spratt, is running a camp for 7-to-13 year olds and says she would like to keep the kids outdoors.

"We like to try and get them outside a little bit. I think there's more space and it's more fun," Spratt said. 

The camp does have an indoor space for when the heat index reaches over 100 degrees, and they will take measures to keep the kids safe. 

One emergency physician at MU Health Care says there are signs you should look out for when you are in the heat for a long period of time. 

“The first signs of heat illness are feeling thirsty, dizzy, excessive sweating, muscle cramps, and feeling unusually hot," MD Christopher Sampson said. 

Columbia has a eight cooling locations that people are urged to take advantage. These locations 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 

The excessive heat advisory is currently set to run until Saturday evening. 

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