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Arkansas/Missouri — The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Dome warning for Thursday and Friday with heat indices running from 109 to 110 degrees.
On Thursday St. Louis is expected to experience an index of 109 degrees, Little Rock 110, Nashville 105 and Chicago 105.
On Friday the heat indices expected to be 111 degrees in Little Rock, 109 in St. Louis , 104 in Chicago and 106 in Nashville.
The heat dome is expected to affect an area from Minnesota to Louisiana.
The heat is expected to last the rest of the week and through the weekend.
Our nation’s most vulnerable include the elderly, children, emergency responders, outdoor workers, low-income households, athletes, and even our pets. In extreme heat conditions, simple daily activities like walking a dog, going for a jog, or spending time outside with the kids can be dangerous.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to take steps now to prepare their families and communities for extreme heat, by reviewing important safety information
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), heat kills more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.
To help Americans stay safe during extreme heat, FEMA urges residents to consider taking the following actions in affected areas:
Postpone outdoor games and activities and limit exposure to the sun.
Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine; limit alcoholic beverage intake.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Spend the warmest part of the day in temperature-controlled buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, or community facilities.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Check out www.nws.noaa.gov/heat/index.