Heat advisory issued through Thursday evening

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 6:49 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Boone County.

The heat advisory will be into effect from noon Tuesday until 8 p.m. Thursday, according to a weather service news release. 

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 Recreation 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 N. Old 63
  • 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.

Dangerous levels of heat and humidity are expected through Thursday. The heat index will peak at around 100 degrees Tuesday and 105 degrees or more Wednesday and Thursday. 

As the heat spirals upwards, there will be a greater risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If a person is overcome by heat, he or she should be moved to cool location. Heat stroke is considered an emergency, and 911 should be called immediately. 

The weather service advises people spending time outside to take periodic rest breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned environment and to reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening. The service recommends frequent hydration and light-weight and loose-fitting clothing.

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