ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It came a little late in the season, but summer is finally here. Overnight, a Heat Advisory was issued for the St. Louis area.
St. Charles and St. Louis counties and the City of St. Louis in Missouri and Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois from 12 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.
The National Weather Service says a dome of high pressure will keep the area in the upper 90s with the heat index each day exceeding 100 degrees. This increases the risk for heat-related illnesses.
The temperature will peak each day in the afternoon hours. Anyone who works or spends time outside should take precautions.
If you do not own an air conditioner, help is available through Cool Down St. Louis. Visit their website or call 314-241-7668.
The St. Louis County Department of Health released the following tips for hot weather:
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.
- Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.
- Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.
- Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.
- Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long - food spoils rapidly in the heat.
- Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or able to react accordingly -especially young children and the elderly. Check on your neighbors and relatives if they may be vulnerable or do not have air conditioning.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.
- Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!