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The heat index is a useful tool in the summer that can tells you how hot it feels outside. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Just as the wind chill in winter tells you how cold it *feels*, the heat index in summer tells you how hot it feels. For the Midwest, the heat index is usually higher than the actual temperature in the summer months.
Steve Lindenberg is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield. He explains how the Weather Service determines the heat index.
It's important to take good care of yourself, your family and your pets during periods of intense heat. Lindenberg has these suggestions.
Lindenberg says the Ozarks have been fortunate so far. We're just beginning to see intense heat and oppressive humidity.
Though today's high temperature is expected to be around 90 degrees, it appears there could be a slight cool down going into the weekend.