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June 27, 2013

Heat advisory issued for today

JOPLIN, Mo. — A heat advisory has been issued for the Joplin area and Southeast Kansas today by the National Weather Service forecast office in Springfield.

The advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. today for an area along and west of the Interstate 49 corridor.

There also is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight. The storms could produce large hail and straight-line winds. There is a limited risk of tornadoes.

Temperatures today will warm into the middle to upper 90s. Heat index values, the combination of heat and humidity, will range from 105 to 109 degrees.

When conditions become this warm, prolonged exposure or strenuous outdoor physical activity can lead to sunstroke, cramps or heat exhaustion.

Vehicles can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Always check the backseat and never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle.    

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. In the event of heat stroke, which is an emergency, dial 911.

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