Heat to stick around for MU football game

Thursday, September 1, 2011 | 12:46 p.m. CDT; updated 2:59 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 1, 2011

COLUMBIA — A heat advisory from the National Weather Service in St. Louis will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.

The heat index is expected to be between 100 and 105 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, meteorologist Mark Britt said.

By Mizzou kickoff time at 11 a.m. Saturday, the temperature could be as high as 85. It is expected to rise throughout the day. Britt said the high for Saturday will be in the mid-90s. The game is not likely to be rained out, but there is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms during the day. As the evening progresses, the chance of showers increases, bringing more humidity, Britt said.

The heat combined with the humidity can be dangerous for the young, elderly and those with chronic health problems. The National Weather Service's website suggests staying where it is air-conditioned as much as possible and drinking plenty of water.

The heat advisory will end just in time for Labor Day. Britt said highs are expected to be in the mid-70s Sunday and Monday, and lows are expected to be in the mid-to-low 50s.

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