Health officials recommend avoiding the excessive heat by staying in an air-conditioned building if possible. While going to public places such as shopping centers or libraries are options for those who don't have air conditioners in their homes, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services has developed this online tool to find the designated cooling center nearest year through entering your zip code.
||Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer. On average, excessive heat causes more than 1,500 death per year in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
That average death tally exceeds the average caused by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.
Weather Warnings & Advisories
Each National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) can issue the following heat-related bulletins as conditions warrant:
Excessive Heat Outlook: The potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next three to seven days. It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event, such as public utilities, emergency management and public health officials.
Excessive Heat Watch: Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 12 to 48 hours. A watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased, but its occurrence and timing are still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so, such as putting into action individual city excessive heat event mitigation plans.
Excessive Heat Warning/Advisory: An excessive heat event is expected in the next 36 hours. These are issued when an excessive heat event is occurring, is imminent or has a very high probability of occurring. The warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant discomfort or inconvenience and, if caution is not taken, could lead to a threat to life and/or property.
Heat Health Recommendations
- Drink more water. Don't wait until you are thirsty. Avoid liquids containing alcohol or caffeine.
- Schedule outdoor activities before noon or in the evening.
- When temperatures reach into the 90s, a cool shower can offer more help than a fan.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- If you must work in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and ask them to do the same for you.
- Rest often in shady areas or, if possible, in air-conditioned facilities.
- Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself.
Heat Illness Symptoms
CLICK HERE for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of symptoms for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps and heat rash.
Anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness.
Those at greater risk include infants and young children, people 65 or older, and those who are already ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.