Monday, July 11, 2011 | 11:12 p.m. CDT;
updated 5:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
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).