Heat advisory in effect until Saturday, residents urged to stay cool

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis region through 10 p.m. Saturday. Heat indexes of 105 degrees and higher are expected late morning to early evening Friday and Saturday. An excessive heat advisory is no longer in effect, however.

Because of the high temperature as well as humidity, risk of heat-related stress and illness is more likely. The very young, the elderly, people without air conditioning, and people participating in outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also, car interiors can reach deadly temperatures in minutes.

Because of the tornado warning and thunderstorms Thursday evening, many people in St. Louis County, especially in north county, are left without power. The National Weather Service urges people without air conditioning to find the nearest cooling center to avoid heat-related illnesses. Always drink plenty of fluids and abstain from strenuous outdoor activities.

In response of the power outages, the county opened the North County Recreation Center at 2577 Redman Avenue as a cooling center for anyone needing to cool down. The center will be open at 9:30 a.m. Friday and will remain open as long as needed to provide relief to residents.

The county is also bringing its Office of Emergency Management/American Kennel Club emergency pet disaster-relief trailer to the North County Rec Complex to serve as an emergency shelter for pets whose owners are without power. The trailer should be in place and ready to take pets by 2 p.m. Friday, the county said. Residents with questions are urged to call 211.

Other areas affected by the heat advisory are Jefferson, Lincoln and St. Charles counties, St. Louis city and Ste. Genevieve County.