COLUMBIA — Seven Columbia public schools without air conditioning will call for early dismissal Wednesday because of predicted high temperatures.
Jefferson and West junior high schools will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Lee, Midway Heights, New Haven, Ridgeway and Two Mile Prairie elementary schools will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. All other schools will be dismissed at their normal times.
Students will be served lunch before they are dismissed.
"This will be the first time we use the new heat dismissal procedure," said Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.
According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday's forecast is a high of 96 degrees with a heat index of 104 degrees.
"This is only a one-day thing. It should cool down to the mid to upper 80s on Thursday," said Julie Phillipson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in St. Louis.
"Generally for extreme heat conditions, especially the young, elderly and ill, take extra precautions," she said. "Reschedule strenuous activities. Wear loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks in the shade."