It's the season to drink plenty of water and to know your heat limits.
While summer brings hot weather, this has not stopped the National Weather Service from issuing a special weather statement regarding the high temperatures the area will be experiencing this week.
“High temperatures will reach into the mid 90s this afternoon with heat index values between 102 and 107 degrees,” the NWS in Pleasant Hill stated.
This has caused the NWS to issue a heat advisory that ends today at 7 p.m.
“Heat index values between 100 and 107 degrees will remain in the area Wednesday afternoon before a slight cool down on Thursday. Clouds and precipitation are expected to return to the area Thursday through Friday. These storms are not expected to be severe, but heavy rain could cause some localized flooding. The weather will improve over the weekend with no precipitation expected and temperatures in the lower 90s,” according to the NWS.
Residents are urged to stay hydrated with water during these hot days. With many of the area’s workers in the agricultural industry, the University of Missouri Extension is urging these individuals to not overheat.
“Agriculture workers are 20 times more likely than other workers to die from heat. Heat deaths are 100 percent preventable with water, rest and shade,” according to MU Extension. “Workers in farming, fishing and forestry are at high risk of heat illness because heat builds in the body during hard work. Heat illness occurs when the body can no longer cope and physical and mental functions start to break down. Farmers should be aware that heat stroke occurs when temperatures may not seem abnormally high. Heat stroke doesn’t only affect you on those 105-degree days. You can be in danger when temperatures are over 80 degrees and humidity is over 75 percent. Acclimate yourself to blistering temperatures and be especially cautious if you work in direct sunlight.”
Below are ways that Extension states can help prevent a heat illness from setting in.
• Drink water every 15 minutes. Do not wait until you are thirsty. By then, it is too late.
• Rest in the shade to cool down.
• Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
• Keep an eye on fellow workers and family members. Ask them to watch for you.
• Start working in the heat gradually. Acclimate yourself to the heat.
Find more resources atwww.osha.gov/heat.