Monday, July 18, 2011

No relief from heat this week

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Stifling heat will suffocate the region for the entire week.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Friday evening for much of the northern KRCU listening area, such as St. Francois, Iron, Ste. Genevieve, and Madison counties. The rest of the KRCU area is in an Excessive Heat Watch.

High temperatures will soar into the mid- to upper- nineties each day this week. Heat indices will shoot towards 110, according to meteorologist Robin Smith with the National Weather Service in Paducah.

“There’s just his huge high pressure system sitting right in the middle of the Midwest. And it’s not going to allow for any significant frontal system or storm system to move over and even get a brief relief to the hot air,” Smith said.

Smith says that an extended period with heat index readings near 110 degrees can take a toll on susceptible individuals such as young children, the elderly, and those that work outside.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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