COLUMBIA — It was a scorcher in Columbia on Tuesday, with the temperature reaching 95 degrees at 5 p.m. and a heat index of 107 degrees.
A heat wave is blanketing the Midwest and has been blamed in two deaths across the region, according to the Associated Press.
Temperatures reached 107 degrees in Little Rock, Ark., a new record for the capital. Not far behind were Tuesday readings of 101 degrees in Oklahoma City; 102 degrees in St. Louis; and 106 degrees in Wichita, Kan.
On Monday, the 108-degree reading in Wichita broke the city's old record of 106 degrees, set in 1970.
"With the heat expected to continue this week, residents need to check on neighbors, friends and relatives as heat-related illnesses and deaths can be prevented," said Rex Archer, Kansas City's health department director.
People who don't have air conditioning were urged to try to get somewhere that does, or at least keep their homes well ventilated with fans. Those who work outside were urged to be extra careful.
The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a heat advisory for the Columbia area that lasts until Wednesday, when the high temperature is expected to be in the upper 90s, with a heat index between 105 and 110 degrees.
The service recommends drinking plenty of water and staying out of the heat, if at all possible. The service also advises to avoid caffeine and alcohol.