Heat Wave 2012
Water is key in helping plants survive the Midwest's drought conditions, even for evergreens.
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.
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.
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.
Images of Columbia residents fighting the brutal heat were among the best Missourian staff photos last week.
Over 200 children from 13 different states participated in the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon Saturday.
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.
With the heat advisory in effect this weekend, animal experts weigh in on precautions pet owners should take to ensure their pets' safety.
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.
While extreme heat continues in Columbia and other parts of the country, some places in the United States are experiencing far cooler temperatures.
Continued hot and dry weather could mean big trouble for mid-Missouri's corn and soybean crops
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.
The Missourian will keep you updated as excessive heat cancellations pop up around the area this weekend.
Temperatures between 105 and 110 degrees are expected to last through Saturday, but the extreme heat is predicted to extend into next week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the heat and drought likely will cause crop yields to decline and put livestock under stress.