EARLY WARNING: National Weather Service issues Excessive Heat Warning, Advisory beginning Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service issued a Excessive Heat Warning and a Heat Advisory for much of the Ozarks beginning Wednesday.

The unofficial start of summer feels more like its blistering peak in parts of the Deep South, where temperatures at or near 100 degrees are setting heat records during the Memorial Day weekend./Source: MGN

Both lasts through Saturday evening.

The Excessive Heat Warning includes Barton, Benton (Mo.), Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Henry, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Newton (Mo.), Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair and Vernon Counties.

The Heat Advisory includes Barry, Christian, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Lawrence, McDonald, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright Counties. And in Arkansas the list of counties include Baxter, Benton (Ark.), Boone, Carroll, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Newton (Ark.), Searcy, Sharp, and Stone.

The KY3 Storm Team is tracking temperatures reaching mid-90s. Heat indices could reach between 103-108 degrees through Friday. A prolonged period of hot weather can increase the risk of heat related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The very young, the elderly, and those without access to air conditioning could especially become vulnerable.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

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