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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • People urged to take precaution in heat

  • Many people may have outdoor activities planned this holiday weekend. But officials are warning people to be careful in the heat.
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  • Many people may have outdoor activities planned this holiday weekend. But officials are warning people to be careful in the heat.
    A heat advisory is scheduled to continue through at least this evening, according to Friday's weather forecast.
    Scott Blair, meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office in Pleasant Hill, Mo., said temperatures still were expected to be in the mid to upper 90s today.
    Amy Tollefson, public information officer for the Leavenworth County Health Department, encouraged people to wear light-colored and loose clothing during the heat. She also recommended wearing hats.
    "Find shade when you can," she said.
    And Tollefson recommends using sunscreen.
    She also encouraged people to have plenty of water. And they should take frequent breaks when they're outdoors in order to cool off.
    "Try to limit your outdoor activities to after the sun has gone down or later in the day," she said.
    People can go to cooling centers if they need relief from the heat. Tollefson suggested the public library as a good place to go in Leavenworth.
    She also suggested people eat light meals and avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
    Tollefson urged adults to look after small children and pets during the heat as well as check on elderly citizens.
    Blair said Sunday should be cooler with temperatures being closer to what is normal for this time of year. He said Sunday still will be a hot day, but the heat won't be as oppressive as it was Friday.
    "Labor Day looks a lot better," he said.
    He said high temperatures for the holiday should be in the lower to mid 80s.
    The area will see a gradual increase in temperatures in the middle and later part of the week. But Blair said it doesn't look like conditions will be a warm as they were on Friday.
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