ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Summer may not officially be here for another month, but the St. Louis area is expecting its first wave of extreme heat this weekend.

The St. Louis County Department of Health is strongly urging caution and common sense throughout the Memorial Day weekend and during any subsequent periods of extreme heat.

“St. Louis experiences extreme heat almost every year and it’s important to observe common sense precautions whenever this happens,” said Dr. Dolores Gunn, Director of the Health Department.

Whenever temperatures rise above 95 degrees, the Health Department recommends the following:

·     Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing

·     Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.

·     Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.

·     Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.

·     Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.

·     Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long – food spoils rapidly in the heat.

·     Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.

·     Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!

If a person is unable to keep his or her residence cool and needs to find a cooling center, that person is urged to call the United Way of Greater Saint Louis by dialing 211 from his or her home landline phone, or by dialing 1-800-427-4626 from any other type of phone.

For more information, visit the department’s Heat Safety Tips webpage at


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