Extreme heat returns to the St. Louis region
Temperatures will climb to the upper 90°s both days. Southerly winds will continue to bring in Gulf of Mexico moisture, meaning dewpoints will be in the low to mid 70°s. When combining these high temperatures and high dewpoints, heat index values will reach dangerous levels.
Peak heating will occur between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. both days. Afternoon heat index readings will be in the 105° to 115° degree range.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. Take extra precautions if you’re going to be out in this extreme heat.
Heat safety tips:
- Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Take breaks in the shade or inside as often as possible
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing which will reflect sunlight rather than absorb it
- Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles – LOOK before you LOCK
- Check up with the elderly, sick and those without AC (if you’re without AC, you should get to a place that has AC)
- Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke