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June 28, 2012KANSAS CITY, MO | By: AP
The national weather service in Kansas city/pleasant hill has issued an excessive heat warning...which is in effect until 7 pm Saturday.
Temperature: readings from the upper 90s to lower 100s can be expected through Saturday. These hot temperatures when coupled with the high humidity levels will result in heat indices of 100 to 105 degrees across portions of central Missouri and as high as 105 to 115 degrees across Northwest Missouri into Northeast Kansas today. Most areas will see heat indices of 100 to 105 on tomorrow and Saturday.
These prolonged hot and humid conditions will lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illnesses including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These conditions are especially dangerous to those working outside or playing outdoors as well as for the young and elderly.
An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of Dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot Temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely and can be life threatening. Drink plenty of water...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on neighbors...the elderly...and pets.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When Possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or Evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat Stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when Possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and Health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by Heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.