Heat advisory issued for Thursday through Saturday in Columbia

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 1:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A heat advisory has been issued for Thursday through Saturday in Columbia, with predicted temperatures between 100 and 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

According to the Weather Service advisory, "the last time this degree of heat was felt in June for three or more consecutive days across the eastern half of Missouri and southwest Illinois was more than 60 years ago."

Columbia cooling centers provide heat relief

Nine air-conditioned locations throughout Columbia are open to the public during their regular business hours to provide cool environments, access to restrooms and sometimes drinking water. These locations are:
  • Activity and Recreation Center, 1707 W. Ash St.
  • Armory Sports and Community Center, 701 E. Ash St.
  • Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St.
  • Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway
  • Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St.
  • Oakland Plaza Senior Center, 805 Old Highway 63 N.
  • Public Health and Human Services Department, 1005 W. Worley St.
  • Salvation Army Family Services, 1108 W. Ash St.
  • Salvation Army Harbor House, 602 N. Ann St.

Humidity levels are set to rise Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to a cold front moving into southern Iowa. The increased humidity combined with the high temperatures necessitated the heat advisory, according to the Weather Service.

The severest heat will be in the afternoons, so the notice advises avoiding strenuous outdoor activities during that time. The Weather Service advises working outdoors during the early morning or evening, taking breaks while working outdoors, staying in the shade, drinking plenty of water and watching for signs of heat stroke.

Extra precautions should be taken while outside to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperatures, nausea, vomiting, lack of sweating, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, headaches, confusion and muscle cramps or weakness, according to the Mayo Clinic's website.

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.

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