Heat Returns to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – After issuing a heat advisory for Wednesday, the National Weather Service offered some advice for anyone working or playing outside.

Forecasters recommended anyone who works out or works a job in the outdoors get everything done in the early morning, if possible. The heat advisory was set to go into effect Wednesday afternoon. But, it was also expected to last well into the evening. So, after-work jogs in the park would be uncomfortable to say the least.

The long stretches of heat could also take a toll on everyone`s health. According to the NWS, St. Louis is now experiencing its fourth-longest stretch of consecutive days with high temperatures above 80 degrees. Doctors with Washington University said heat illness may not come today or tomorrow. But, a lot of hot days in a row can have a cumulative effect on children, the sick and the elderly.

The NWS and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended everyone take the following heat-safety steps, even in September 2012:
1. Take frequent breaks, if you have to work in the heat.
2. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
3. Drink plenty of water.
4. Anyone suffering from heat illness should be moved to an air-conditioned space immediately.
5. Call 911 right away, if you see someone suffering from heat stroke.

Signs of heat illness in kids and young athletes
http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/349.aspx

NWS record for a hot St. Louis
http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=MOZ063&warncounty=MOC189&firewxzone=MOZ063&local_place1=Ballwin+MO&product1=Excessive+Heat+Warning

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