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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening for the region, including Miami and Linn counties.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Pleasant Hill, Mo., has issued an excessive heat watch from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening (July 17-20) for Miami and Linn counties.

The potential exists for a prolonged period of dangerous heat throughout the region during this watch, according to NWS.

High temperatures will be in the 90s, with nighttime lows near 80 degrees, according to NWS. The weather service predicts heat index values will max out in the 105- to 110-degree range each day.

It will be the first prolonged heatwave this season, and heat-related illnesses will be possible for people spending prolonged periods outdoors, according to NWS. Prolonged heat could prove dangerous for young children, the elderly and others susceptible to intense heat, according to NWS.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office advises residents to avoid long periods outside, drink plenty of fluids, utilize shade when outside, and take frequent breaks in air-conditioned places, according to a post on the sheriff's Facebook page. The post also noted to avoid strenuous daytime activity, stay hydrated, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, and to check on pets, kids, and the elderly.

The sheriff's office also announced that, beginning Wednesday, July 17, it will open up the community room inside the sheriff's office at 209 S. Pearl St. to allow citizens to cool off from the excessive heat. The sheriff's office will also have bottled water donated by Price Chopper.

Additional Cooling Centers are listed below:

  • The city of Spring Hill has announced its plans to open the Spring Hill Civic Center.
  • Paola Free Library announced it will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be showing the movie "Home" Friday night from 7 to around 9 p.m., Saturday it will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Louisburg city buildings will be open during normal business hours.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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