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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – With the first hot weather day of St. Louis settling in Monday, area organizations are reminding people to be cautious.

An excessive heat advisory has been issued for City of St. Louis, St. Louis, St. Charles, Madison and St. Clair counties between noon and 8 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s with the heat index ranging between 100 and 105 degrees.

The St. Louis County Department of Health recommends the following:

• 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.

• Use air-conditioning whenever in a vehicle or roll down the windows if there is no air conditioning. Never leave a child or a pet in a parked car without 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.

To find an area cooling center, call the United Way of Greater St. Louis by dialing 211 from a landline or dial 800-427-4626 from any phone.

The Humane Society of Missouri also reminds pet owners to not leave a pet in an unattended car and keep them inside as much as possible. Pets should also have clean and fresh water.

If you notice a pet in distress, call the police or animal abuse hotline at 314-647-4400.

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