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The National Weather Service predicts heat indices of 105 to 110 degrees for the next week, with no anticipated break in temperatures. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with the weather service and has this update.
Heat-related illnesses across Missouri are reported to be on the rise along with these oppressive temperatures. As many as 100 such illnesses around the state have been linked to the heat. Doug Cramer is with the National Weather Service in Springfield, and says that they do not predict relief any time soon.
"It's not necessarily the temperatures that are out of control. What is out of control,or abnormal, is the humidity. Temperatures are running from low to mid 90's which is fairly common for this time of year. But what is uncommon is the amount of moisture in the air making it feel worse that what it is." Cramer said.
Cramer says that keeping cool is critical during heat waves like this, especially for those working outdoors. He says it’s important to take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, and stick to air-conditioned places. Cramer stresses the importance of listening to your body and that if you feel even the slightest bit unwell, it is time to cool down.
"And we need to be thinking about other people as well. If you have friends or neighbors that are elderly, they may not have air conditioning. Be thinking of them and be checking on those people. Also think about your pets that are outside, and other things like that." said Cramer.
You can find a link to more information about heat-related illness below. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.
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