The ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team has issued a Weather Alert Day for dangerous heat and humidity holding on through the end of the week. Strong storms are also possible by Thursday evening, posing the threat of heavy rain and isolated damaging winds.
Upper level high pressure is locked into place for another day or so before a Canadian high drops south from Canada, cooling us down and bringing lower humidity for the weekend. A cold front to our north at the surface will also bring the chance of showers and storms tonight and tomorrow night, but the latter looks like a better shot for Mid-Missouri to see measurable rain and perhaps a few strong to severe storms.
The heat index will range between 100-108 through Thursday afternoon. A Heat Advisory is in effect for all of Mid-Missouri through 8 p.m.
Continue to take precautions if you have to spend a long time exposed to the heat. Stay hydrated with water or sports drinks with electrolytes. Make sure to take breaks in the shade and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Keep pets in mind as they can't cool themselves through sweat like humans. Make sure they have a cool shelter, preferably indoors. Keep them hydrated by making sure they always have fresh, cool water and keep them off hot pavement. It's best to take walks outside the peak heating of the day, whether you prefer early morning or around dusk is up to you!
Never leave pets or children unattended in a car, especially when temperatures are as hot as we are expecting this weekend into next week. Cars can heat up to 120+ degrees in a matter of a few minutes, even with the windows open.
Showers and storms move into the area from the north Thursday evening, bringing isolated strong winds and heavy rain as they push south through Friday. There could still be some showers and storms lingering into Friday depending on how far south the front gets. We're much cooler in its wake with highs only making it to the mid-80s in the afternoon.