TODAY'S QUESTION: How has the heat affected you?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 9:18 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 22, 2010

COLUMBIA — Missouri is experiencing a pretty intense heat wave so far this June, one that could pose health risks for many residents.

According to an article from The Associated Press, much of the state was under a heat advisory most of the weekend. Another heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday with temperatures expected to reach as high as 96 degrees. Coupled with humidity, the heat index is expected to hit as high as 105 degrees.

Two deaths have been reported as heat-related so far this summer. However, these deaths might not be the only heat-related casualties. According to the article, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has received two to three reports of heat-related illnesses virtually every day since June 1. However, this number can be misleading because most people treat themselves without reporting their illness, a Missouri Department of Health Spokesperson said.

Residents are advised to check in on elderly family members or neighbors during the heat wave. Younger children and pets are also often in danger during periods of high temperatures.

According to another article from the AP, the high temperatures can affect more than just residents. Excessive heat could cause roadways to buckle when moisture builds up under weakened joints, then heats up and expands.

How has the heat affected you? Are you changing your daily routines or summer plans because of the higher temperatures?



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