Much of Missouri under heat, thunderstorm advisories
Originally published July 12, 2011 at 6 a.m., updated July 12, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.
Large sections of Kansas and Missouri sweltered under dangerously high temperatures and humidity for the second day in a row. And, this afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Mid-Missouri until 9 o'clock this evening.
Some of the thunderstorms moving through the area could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds possible. See the latest forecast, radar, advisories here for Mid-Missouri.
Early today, the National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings through this evening for much of Missouri, northeast Kansas and some counties in southern Kansas.
Temperatures were forecast to reach the upper 90s to lower 100s, with high humidity pushing the heat index from 105 to 115 degrees. Little relief is expected at night, when temperatures are forecast to drop only to the upper 70s.
The NWS issued the following heat alert:
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING...
- TIMING...DANGEROUS HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY EVENING.
- HEAT INDEX VALUES...WILL BE BETWEEN 105 AND 115 DEGREES TODAY.
- IMPACTS...HEAT STRESS IS LIKELY DUE TO THE HIGH LEVELS OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY. ADDITIONALLY...THE EFFECTS OF HIGH HEAT ARE CUMULATIVE. HEAT RELATED ILLNESS IS BECOMING MORE LIKELY DUE TO THE LONG DURATION OF THIS HEAT WAVE.
Instructions: TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO THE 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 IMMEDIATELY.