Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include information from Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency management Agency Director Dave Clippert.
An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through 7 p.m. Friday for Pettis County.
The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued an excessive heat warning, which is in effect until 7 pm Friday. The previously issued Heat Advisory is no longer in effect.
The NWS expects temperatures in the mid-90s Monday and Tuesday afternoons with values increasing into the upper 90s by Wednesday. Temperatures may reach 100 degrees across portions of the area both Thursday and Friday. Heat indices are expected to range between 105 to 110 degrees each afternoon.
“Please use caution during this heat wave,” Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency management Agency Director Dave Clippert said via email. “Drink lots of water, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Wear light-colored loose clothing. Take breaks in the A/C or shade to help break the cumulative effect of the heat. Please check on the elderly and pets. Do whatever you have to do to make sure that a child or pet is not forgotten in a vehicle. Believe it or not as of July 15, 19 children have died from heat stroke after being left in hot cars!”
The combination of very warm temperatures and high humidity will lead to oppressive conditions, which could quickly lead to heat-related illnesses, according to information from NWS. 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.