O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The Fourth of July celebrations all over the country started Wednesday morning. In the St. Louis-area, celebrations took place in the middle of what will end up being record heat numbers.
Eight people were overcome by the heat during the Fourth of July parade in O’Fallon. Over two dozen more ended up receiving treatment for heat-related issues on scene.
News 4’s Matt Chambers predicts that the high temperature for St. Louis on Wednesday is 104-degrees. This breaks the previous record for Fourth of July which was set in 1990.
With plenty of night activities coming up for Wednesday night’s celebrations, St. Charles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is preparing for additional heat-related disturbances.
“We have three ambulances on standby and extra paramedics,” said Martin Limpert of the St. Charles County Ambulance District.
Some of those attending came with their own game plan for beating the heat.
“I’m keeping a towel around my neck and drinking Gatorade,” said festival-attendee Debra Childers.
To help the crowds handle the heat there are plenty of vendors selling cold drinks.
And the festival provides an air conditioned tent that’s staying busy.
Those overcome by the heat are being treated in an EMS trailer, and those a little overheated are taken to their cars and sent home.
As of now they’ve seen 25 people in the EMS treatment trailer, sent home 15 and sent one to the hospital.
Paramedics are expecting those numbers to climb significantly once the crowd grows.