UPDATE: Wednesday's heat advisory now has record-breaking predictions

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 10:52 a.m. CDT; updated 11:11 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — The heat advisory issued Wednesday has been updated with higher temperatures ranging between 105 and 110 degrees for Thursday through Saturday.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures near 106 degrees Thursday, breaking the 1936 record of 103 degrees.

Records were already broken this week when temperatures reached 103 degrees at 3:22 p.m. Wednesday. The previous record for June 27 was 101 degrees in 1908 and 1934.

These highs will continue through next Wednesday with higher humidity levels, temperatures between 100 and 108 degrees and a heat index between 100 and 110 degrees.

There is an elevated fire danger from Thursday through Saturday because of the heat combined with current drought conditions, according to the weather service. The dry weather for the past two months means that grasses and brush can burn easily. Combined with the low humidity and southwest winds, these conditions could pose a serious fire risk.

The notice advises extreme caution with cigarettes, matches, and open flames due to the dry conditions. Residents should be especially cautious when using fireworks on the Fourth of July because of the elevated fire danger.

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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