The National Weather Service has asked that we inform the public of the heat wave coming this week. Although this is not unusual for August, it is unusual that it has been a relatively cool summer, and we have not had much of a chance to get acclimated to heat. Now that school is back in session with outdoor sports practices this is especially important.
Heat advisories will most likely be issued below the normal criteria because we haven’t had much heat this year. Temperatures won’t drop at night much below the high 70’s/low 80’s. Heat has a cumulative affect, and without a break can sneak up and cause heat related illnesses.
Take breaks, drink plenty of water, limit alcohol, caffeinated and sugary drinks. Look out for your neighbors and check on the elderly. Many public buildings are open so take advantage of the air conditioning.
“Over the past few weeks we have seen stories of children being left in hot cars, please do whatever it is you need to do to remember you may have a sleeping child in the back seat.
“Last and certainly not least is don’t forget about your pets. They get hot also, don’t leave them in your cars, make sure they have a cool place to rest plenty of water,” said Dave Clipppert, Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency director.