CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis is baking in our first round of real summer heat and it appears everyone is handling it well. Youngsters attending Camp Pegasus at MICDS in Ladue were pulled inside as the temperatures climbed into the upper 90s. They have a strict protocol for heat that requires all camp-goers be brought indoors when the heat index reaches 99 degrees. Camp director Rich Ives says that it’s nothing new to spend a few days indoors and the camp is blessed with excellent indoor facilities.
The extreme temperatures may end tonight, but this is just the start of the long hot summer season. The effects of the heat are worse as they build up over several days. Fortunately, this is a short shot of heat. However, the long summer can put a big stress on your body, your air conditioner and your pocket book.
Ameren Missouri suggests you keep your A-C set to between 74 and 76 and have a ceiling or floor fan running. This can cut the temperature in your home by as much as 4 degrees.
If you are having trouble with your A-C or you just want to get it operating more efficiently, Ameren Missouri has a number of programs and grants that can help. Just check out their website: ActOnEnergy.com
Meanwhile, Parties in the Park opened its 30th season Wednesday under sunny skies. In those 30 years the monthly street party in Clayton has dealt with drought, rain, storms and extreme heat. The fun continues until 8:30 pm along Centeral Avenue between Forsyth and Maryland. Additional parties will be held July 10th, August 14th and September 11th. For more information check out www.partiesinthepark.org.