ST. LOUIS—The heat is on across the St. Louis area.
The National Weather Service says it will feel like 105 degrees across parts of the region on Thursday as a heat wave continues to bake Missouri and Illinois.
The forecast calls for highs in the low-to-mid 90s with high humidity and sunshine, which will make it feel like it’s between 100 and 105 degrees. Friday will bring much of the same as the heat index is again supposed to be in the triple digits.
Federal weather officials say the steamy weather could cause rolling blackouts and buckled pavement.
Meanwhile, public health officials are opening cooling centers and warning people to drink plenty of fluids, check on neighbors and take precautions if they’re outside. People who need a cooling station and seniors and disabled who need assistance paying air conditioning bills can call United Way's 2-1-1 for help.
The air quality forecast for the day is in the orange level, meaning that persons with special needs, children and the elderly are at a high risk.
“Remember to pay special attention to spending long durations outside,” said News 4 Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt.
Ehrhardt says that it is possible that an isolated storm may pop up in the St. Louis area, but it is unlikely.
Temperatures Thursday evening will drop down to the mid 70s, but the humidity will stay high.