The hot weather predicted for the next several days presents an important challenge to City residents: it is imperative that we watch out for each other. The TV forecasters tell us that the St. Louis region will likely face triple digit temperatures and high humidity for most of the upcoming week. That combination often places elderly people, homeless people, and young athletes in danger.
The City’s Health Department counsels using air conditioning, drinking plenty of fluids, and staying inside or in the shade during the hottest parts of the day while the heat wave continues. Most public buildings in the City - rec centers, public libraries, firehouses, schools, and offices - have air conditioning. People who don’t have air conditioning at home should head to one of these places.
Only a year ago, the City lost several residents to heat-related causes when hot temperatures coincided with a lengthy loss of power. If you know someone - a neighbor or family member - who is in one of the high-risk categories I mentioned, please check on them during the next week.