Pettis County has been upgraded from a Heat Advisory to an Excessive Heat Warning until 9 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert, during an Excessive Heat Warning, the risk of heat-related injury increases. He recommends drinking plenty of water, wearing light-colored clothing and taking breaks if possible while working outside.
According to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, overnight temperatures will be as low as the mid-70s, with Tuesday’s temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s. Tuesday’s heat index values could reach between 103 and 107.
An Excessive Heat Warning means a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. Hot temperatures and high humidity can combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Local residents are encouraged to check on relatives, neighbors and pets.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
Any outdoor strenuous activity is recommended to be rescheduled to early morning or evening.