People working outside should take extra precautions. The hot, dry weather will stay around through the weekend.
As a precaution, the Jefferson Barrack's Gym and Pool closed due to the excessive heat index.
The City of Hazelwood and the City of Kirkwood have decided to open their Community Centers as cooling centers during the day for residents seeking escape from the excessive heat.
The extreme heat has also led the Stray Rescue of St. Louis to keep homeless companion animals safe from the potentially deadly weather conditions.
The Salvation Army, also in response to the harmful weather conditions, is offering relief from the heat by opening its community centers as cooling areas. Today from 10-2 p.m., the Salvation Army mobile canteens will deliver cold water urban areas in need of relief.
Repairs to the Interstate 70 bridge over Earth City Expressway planned for June 29 through July 1 have been cancelled due to the excessive heat forecasted for the weekend.
Governor Pat Quinn urges Illinois residents to take precautions to stay safe and cool. The Governor also encouraged residents to visit cooling centers and to check on family members and neighbors who are vulnerable to hot weather, including the elderly and children.
Helpful Cooling Tips
- Check on neighbors, young children, those without air conditioning, people with medical conditions and the elderly.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, go to an air conditioned place during the warmest times of the day.
- Drink plenty water. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine. Avoid alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Never wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Keep shades, curtains and blinds closed during the day.