Historic heat wave continues in St. Louis area - KMOV.com

Historic heat wave continues in St. Louis area

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(KMOV.com) – The dangerous heat that settled on the St. Louis region continued on Friday and is expected to hang around through the weekend.

The 4Warn Storm Team says Thursday afternoon the high temperature reached 108 degrees!  More than just the initial “Wow!” factor, that number holds some historical importance.

The hottest June 28 temperature ever recorded in St. Louis before Thursday was 104 degrees, which was set in 1952.  Even more impressive is the fact that St. Louis had never topped 105 degrees in June, which means Thursday is the hottest June day in recorded St. Louis history.

The 108-degree high was also the hottest day in St. Louis since July, 1954.

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A heat advisory went into effect at noon Thursday and remains in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday.  4Warn Meteorologist Matt Chambers says the heat advisory was initially suposed to expire on Saturday, but the extreme temps are going to hang around a day longer than expected.  It appears as though temperatures will remain well above normal through the 4th of July.

The excessive heat is only part of our summertime woes.  Drought conditions continue to worsen as dry weather continues.  Air quality will likely deteriorate the longer we’re stuck in the hot pattern. Plus, moderate breezes expected throughout the next few days increase the threat of rapidly spreading fires.

Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and relatives, especially ones who are living without air conditioning.

If you have to be outside, drink plenty of water and limit your activity to the late evening hours when possible.

Click here for a list of St. Louis area cooling centers.

List of cities with burn/fireworks bans in the St. Louis area.

MoDOT is warning drivers to be on the lookout for buckling roads.  The extreme heat can cause the roadways to separate or pop up creating a potentially dangerous road hazard.

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Whenever temperatures rise above 95 degrees, the Health Department recommends the following:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.
  • Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.
  • Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.
  • Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.
  • Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long – food spoils rapidly in the heat.
  • Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or able to react accordingly –especially young children and the elderly. Check on your neighbors and relatives if they may be vulnerable or do not have air conditioning.
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!

Residents are also urged to consider pets whenever temperatures rise. Here are some tips for protecting pets during hot weather:

  • Regularly check a pet’s water to make sure it’s clean and fresh. Ample drinking water is vital to animals during hot and humid conditions. Make sure to adjust the drinking quantity for the size and number of pets in the area. You can also spray your pet with water to cool them off.
  • Provide a shady spot for pets. A pen near trees will work or you can fasten a sunroom screen to the sides and top of the pen to provide shade too.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle. Internal vehicle temperatures can reach 150 degrees.

If unable to keep a residence cool and there is a need to find a cooling center, St. Louis-area residents are urged to call the United Way of Greater Saint Louis by dialing 211 from a home landline phone, or by dialing 1-800-427-4626 from any type of phone.

To contact the United Way in Illinois, you can also dial 211 from a landline phone.  In the Metro East you can call the local office in Wood River at 618-251-0072.  If you live in northern portions of the St. Louis viewing area in Illinois, you can call the Springfield office at 217-789-7000.

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