With the summer fast approaching, temperatures have been steadily rising. Missouri has been experiencing a heatwave this week with temperatures near 100 degrees and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has issued tips on how to stay cool during the hot summer days. Staying indoors as much as possible, drinking plenty of water, eating lightly, avoiding alcoholic beverages and taking frequent breaks if you must work outside are among the top tips. If you need a place to cool off, you can call 211 to find the cooling site closest to you.
Since 1990, heatwaves have killed more people than all the severe weather elements combined. Heatwaves are known as "silent killers" because their evolution is over a period of days or weeks and they don't leave instant paths of devastation like tornadoes or flash floods.
Currently, Missouri averages 15 days a year with temperatures reaching extreme and dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected to see more than 60 such days a year.