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MARYVILLE, Mo. — The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening, the exact timeframe for the Nodaway County Fair to be held in Downtown Maryville.

The temperature is forecasted to be in the upper 90s with heat index values in the 105- to 110-degree range each day.

“This will be the first prolonged period of heat this season and as such, sensitive people may not have acclimated to the heat,” according to the NWS.

While there are many things to watch for during an excessive heat watch, it's important to observe warning signs of heat-related illnesses says Kathryn Hawley, RN and health educator at the Nodaway County Health Department.

Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat this might not be enough. Body temperature can rise faster than it can cool itself down and can even cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.

“Make sure to keep infants/children, pets, adults and the elderly safe,” Hawley wrote in an email to The Forum. “A strong protective factor is air conditioning.”

Cooling centers are set up by county. For an interactive map showing open cooling centers throughout Nodaway County and Missouri visit http://bit.ly/MoCooling.

Hawley suggests the following locations: Community Services, Inc., the Maryville Public Library, Nodaway County Senior Center and the Nodaway County Health Department.

“Go to a place that is air-conditioned during the extreme heat when you do not have access to air conditioning and consider places that have extended hours such as Walmart and Hy-Vee,” she said.

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