PHOTO GALLERY: 90-degree temperatures expected in Columbia all week

Monday, July 11, 2011 | 11:12 p.m. CDT; updated 5:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Brian O'Connor leans forward to look at his 18 month-old son, Liam, in Devil's Icebox on Monday. The cave formation, which stays a cool 56 degrees in the summer, is a local favorite for those seeking momentary refuge from the heat.

COLUMBIA — Don't forget the sunscreen and water bottles before leaving home because the heat forecast for Columbia has temperatures in the 90s for the rest of the week.

According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, here's what to expect:

Tuesday: mostly sunny with a high of 97 degrees and a heat index between 105 and 110 degrees.

Wednesday: partly sunny with a high of 91 degrees.

Thursday: partly sunny with a high of 90 degrees.

Friday: mostly sunny with a high of 96 degrees.

Saturday: sunny with a high of 99 degrees.


Seeking a brief reprieve from Monday's high of 95 degrees, 16-year-old Deoni Thomas and his cousin, Marcus Johnson, 14, consume freeze pops on the way to a nearby park.
Vexed by Monday's blistering heat, Somalian immigrant Sainab Hirsi fans herself with a page of her English homework.
Waves of heat rise from a freshly paved section of Highway 63 north of State Highway 763 as steamrollers pack down the material Monday afternoon. The construction project is expected to last another three weeks.
Certain air-conditioned buildings in Columbia are open to residents trying to escape the summer heat. (Click graphic to enlarge).

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Delcia Crockett July 12, 2011 | 10:46 a.m.

Thanks for the great photo essay - and thank you, most especially, for week summary of weather conditions in town, as well as the map of cooling down places available to the public. It would be nice if these sort of places could spring up in all parts of the town for instant cooling down of body temperatures for those who need to be outside for any reason - when the heat is so intense/sweltering. We have so much pavement and other such heat-magnet materials in this town now, that sometimes it is reminiscent of stepping immediately into an oven, once out of air-conditioned vehicle, home, office or place of business. Columbia could go greener with more trees/plants? Green-friendly materials for whatever is built/constructed?

Do we really want to fry an egg on the sidewalk, or bake a cake outside under a humid cloud?

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