Update: Heat Advisory Now In Effect For Much Of The Ozarks
The National Weather Service has expanded the heat advisory to include more of the Ozarks.
The advisory, which is in effect until 8 p.m., now includes the Springfield metro area and areas west and south of the city. Counties to the northeast of Springfield are not included.
Forecasters say temperatures had warmed into the lower 90's by late morning, with heat index readings of 100 to 105, and those temps are expected to reach into the middle to upper 90's this afternoon, with heat index values of 105 to 109.
Areas impacted are along and southwest of an Osceola to Springfield line.
Prolonged exposure to strenuous outdoor physical activity could lead to sunstroke, cramps, or heat exhaustion and possibly heat stroke.
The weather service adds cars can reach lethal temps in a matter of minutes, so always check the backseat and never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
A cool-off is expected beginning this weekend with highs in the lower 80's.