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Excessive Heat Warning
Issued: 10:12 AM CDT Jul. 20, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Excessive heat warning in effect until 8 PM CDT this evening...

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued an
excessive heat warning, which is in effect until 8 PM CDT this
evening. The heat advisory is no longer in effect.

* Temperature... afternoon temperatures from 96 to 102 degrees
combined with high humidity will produce heat index values of
around 110 degrees this afternoon and early this evening.

* Impacts... persons exposed to prolonged heat and humidity
without adequate precautions and breaks will be at an
increased risk for heat-related stress and illness. Vehicle
interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of
minutes.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

   To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety
and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest
breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome
by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat
stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

   An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot
temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of
fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and
check up on relatives and neighbors.

   Young children and pets should never be left unattended in
vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during
warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.