Heat Wave 2012

Drought conditions mean extra care for lawns and gardens

Water is key in helping plants survive the Midwest's drought conditions, even for evergreens.

Heat claims 3 lives in St. Louis

Three elderly people have died of heat-related illnesses. All the deaths occurred in homes where the air-conditioning wasn't in use or working effectively.

Missouri cautions about fireworks as blazes rage

Authorities warned Missouri residents to practice extreme caution when handling fireworks ahead of the July 4 holiday. Little rain and hot temperatures have elevated the fire risk this year.

St. Louis officials study 2 possible heat deaths

The St. Louis medical examiner is scheduling autopsies on two elderly residents who died over the weekend. In Kansas City, officials report three deaths related to heat.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS: Trying to beat the heat

Images of Columbia residents fighting the brutal heat were among the best Missourian staff photos last week.

Runners battle heat at Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon

Over 200 children from 13 different states participated in the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon Saturday.

Mark Twain forest fire partially contained, weather worries officials

The soaring heat and lack of rain have Gov. Jay Nixon and others worried that the state could face a long summer of battling fires.

Animal experts offer pet owners heat safety tips

With the heat advisory in effect this weekend, animal experts weigh in on precautions pet owners should take to ensure their pets' safety.

Fire officials caution personal firework use, encourage attending downtown display

The Fourth of July "Fire in the Sky" firework display will continue as planned in its new location on top of a parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets. Outside the city limits, Boone County fire officials caution the use of personal fireworks.


Some regions experience cooler temperatures but Columbia heat persists

While extreme heat continues in Columbia and other parts of the country, some places in the United States are experiencing far cooler temperatures.

Summer drought threatens Missouri crops, farmers

Continued hot and dry weather could mean big trouble for mid-Missouri's corn and soybean crops


Heat wave expected to persist into next week

High temperatures are expected be between 100 and 105 degrees Friday and Saturday, with a heat advisory in effect for Boone County until 7 p.m. Saturday.

Weekend heat cancellations in the Columbia area

The Missourian will keep you updated as excessive heat cancellations pop up around the area this weekend.

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

Temperatures between 105 and 110 degrees are expected to last through Saturday, but the extreme heat is predicted to extend into next week.

Four cases of heat-related illness reported in Columbia

Recent extreme temperatures will continue through the weekend and into next week. One local doctor advises people to stay inside during the hottest hours of the day and to keep hydrated.

Missouri cities say no to fireworks amid dry conditions

As soaring temperatures scorch Missouri, some communities are canceling their Fourth of July fireworks displays or telling residents not to shoot off their personal stashes of bottle rockets and Roman candles.

UPDATE: Heat advisory issued for Thursday through Saturday in Columbia

It's been more than 60 years since the area has experienced such high temperatures for three or more consecutive days in June, according to the National Weather Service. The heat advisory will be in effect until Saturday evening.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drought affects crops, puts stress on farmers

Extremely dry conditions in Missouri have caused a slope in production for crops such as hay, corn and soybeans. The drought affecting these money-making crops has also put considerable stress on farmers.

Record heat hampers efforts to fight wildfires

Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, which has created the necessary conditions for the state's second largest wildfire in history.

Agriculture officials to assess Missouri drought

Gov. Jay Nixon says the heat and drought likely will cause crop yields to decline and put livestock under stress.