Graphic courtesy of National Weather Service Springfield, MO

Dangerous Heat Index Readings in the Ozarks Friday

Friday will be our hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures into the upper 90’s and heat index readings as high as 100 to 109 across southwest Missouri.

A Heat Advisory runs through 7 p.m. Friday, covering all of the Ozarks.

The National Weather Service says the maximum heat index in Springfield should reach 105 Friday.

Forecasters say it will still be hot this weekend, but a few degrees cooler with heat indices around 100 or less (looking at a heat index of 95 on Saturday in Springfield).

There will be only slight chances for rain through the weekend.

To ensure you stay safe in the heat, you’re asked to limit outdoor activities, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, wear light clothing, wear sunscreen while outdoors in the sun, and work outdoors early or very late in the day.

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