Heat warning remains in effect until tonight - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Heat warning remains in effect until tonight

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

The National Weather Service in Paducah is reminding everyone to take precautionary measures as an excessive heat warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the weather service, an excessive heat warning means a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Forecasters said temperatures should be slightly cooler than Monday, but the heat index values could still top out around 110 degrees.

Forecasters remind everyone to drink plenty of liquids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on relatives or neighbors.

Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs of symptoms and heat exhaustion when possible, and drink plenty of water.

Sweltering summer temperatures are already being blamed for one death. Investigators near St. Louis say Mitsunari Uechi, 51, was found dead Sunday in his home in Granite City, IL.

Authorities say his air conditioner was not working, and his body temperature was 104 degrees when he was taken to a local hospital. Uechi also reportedly had some chronic medical problems that made him more vulnerable to heat-related stress.

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