UPDATE: Excessive heat warning extended to Friday

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 6:29 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

COLUMBIA — The excessive heat warning issued Monday has been extended until 9 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat is considered life threatening and the service originally issued a warning to expire Thursday. A large area of high pressure in the upper atmosphere is expected to remain in the area now, though.

The peak heat index is expected to reach 105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit this week, with actual high temperatures at middle to upper 90s and high humidity.

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