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Relief On The Way For Toasty Mid-Mississippi Valley

UPDATED 7:15 AM CDT, August 27, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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One more day of grueling heat is on the weather menu in the Mid-Mississippi Valley before relief slowly returns by the end of the week.

Excessive Heat Warnings remain in place from eastern Missouri into south-central Illinois, with Heat Advisories surrounding the warnings from eastern Kansas into southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Springfield, Ill., and Paducah, Ky.

Although high temperatures today in the Mid-Mississippi Valley will be a few degrees shy of yesterday`s triple-digit and upper 90s, the high humidity will push heat indices into the lower 100s again. A cold front slowly edging south through the Midwest will even provide relief with a few downpours and storms.

The front will continue to edge south and bring temperatures down into the lower 90s on Thursday and upper 80s by the start of the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

The heat has produced a number of records, including St. Louis, which had its warmest low temperature for August 25 at 81 degrees. Springfield, Mo., hit 101 degrees Monday, breaking the former record for August 25 of 100 degrees set in 1938.

A strong high pressure ridge anchored across the Midwest has been suppressing cloud development and allowing temperatures to skyrocket. The cold front in the Upper Midwest will slowly break down the high pressure ridge during the week, allowing more seasonal readings to return.

If you plan on venturing outdoors, make sure to avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. Make sure to check on neighbors as well as the elderly and young children.

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness, including headaches, thirst and muscle cramps. Skin that feels cool, a weak pulse, nausea and fainting are signs of worsening heat illness and heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention if this occurs.

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