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Heat advisory issued from Thursday through Saturday in Columbia

By Colleen Archibald
June 29, 2011 | 8:50 p.m. CDT
Light refracts off the pavement as cars travel along Highway 40 early Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to continue to rise, and a heat advisory has been issued for Columbia starting Thursday at noon. Wednesday's high reached 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

COLUMBIA — The hottest days of the year are said to be upon the western, central and southern parts of Missouri.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a heat advisory for Columbia, Mexico and Jefferson City from noon Thursday until 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Columbia is expected to see highs of 95 degrees Thursday, 97 degrees Friday and 94 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service's seven-day forecast.

St. Louis is expected to see highs of 93 degrees Thursday, 98 degrees Friday and the mid-90s through the weekend, according to the seven-day forecast. Jefferson City is expected to reach 99 degrees Friday. Springfield could see a peak of 97 degrees Friday with a drop of just a few degrees next week. Temperatures will drop into the 80s or low 90s starting Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.

Potentially dangerous high levels of heat and humidity will begin Thursday afternoon and persist until at least Saturday. The heat index will be about 105 degrees each afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Extra precautions may need to be taken. Wear lightweight and loose clothing, drink water and try to reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening. Call 911 if you experience signs of a heat stroke.

Along with the heat advisory, flood warnings continue for points along the Missouri River. Locations affected include Jefferson City, Chamois, Gasconade, Hermann, Washington and St. Charles.