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Columbia Missourian

Heat advisory to remain in effect until Thursday evening

By Holland Baker
July 22, 2012 | 4:25 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – In the midst of the widest drought in the country since 1956, the National Weather service has issued yet another heat advisory for Columbia.

The advisory will remain in effect from 2:47 p.m. Sunday until 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the weather service.

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Dangerous levels of heat are expected to continue through Thursday, with temperatures peaking at heat index values between 100 and 110 degrees each afternoon.

As temperatures climb upward this week, heat related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will become bigger threats. The weather service advises residents to become familiar with the symptoms of heat stroke as a precaution. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, and 911 should be called immediately.

During the last widespread drought in 1956, residents didn't have as many resources to combat heat related illnesses. Luckily, the weather service now has many recommendations to counteract the heat when working or spending time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening, wear light and loose-fitting clothing, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas and drink plenty of water.

Columbia also has an array of cooling centers open to the public during their regular business hours to help "beat the heat."

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