COLUMBIA — Monday marked a searing start to summer, with temperatures surpassing the average of 85 degrees. The highest temperature reading Monday at MU's Sanborn Field was 91.6 degrees at 2:14 p.m.
The National Weather Service forecast even hotter temperatures for Tuesday, with a high of 96 degrees and a heat index that could reach 105. The weather service has placed Boone County under a heat advisory until 7 p.m. Tuesday and recommends drinking plenty of liquids, staying in air-conditioned areas and avoiding prolonged work in the sun.
Similarly hot conditions are expected on Wednesday, but storms are forecast on Wednesday night, bringing slightly cooler temperatures on Thursday and Friday.
STAY AHEAD OF THE HEAT
According to the National Weather Service, 216 people in Missouri have died from heat-related causes since 2000, and 763 people statewide were taken to emergency rooms in 2009 for heat-related causes.
The Weather Service suggests these precautions:
• Wear light colored clothes and use a hat or umbrella to avoid the sun.
• Drink lots of water; avoid alcohol and caffeine.
• Eat more frequent, smaller meals.
• Rest while doing physical activities.
WHERE TO COOL OFF
Columbia has eight designated cooling centers around the city, including the Daniel Boone Regional Library. For the complete list, click here.
WHAT ABOUT JULY?
The Climate Prediction Center forecasts cooler temperatures in July for Missouri.
"Forecast tools are giving us some indication that there's a tilt toward the chance of below average temperatures," said Ed O'Lenic, senior meteorologist for the Climate Prediction Center.
"We'll have to keep our fingers crossed," O'Lenic said. "The forecast obviously has some uncertainty."