Excessive Heat to Continue

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Published on July 2 2012 2:01 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

Very hot weather will continue across central and southeast Illinois through the Independence Day holiday. Areas south of the I-70 corridor will see the hottest weather with highs well above 100 degrees each day through Monday. Locations between I-72 and I-70 will be around 100 degrees, while mid to upper 90s prevail further north.

The hot temperatures and low humidities across southeast Illinois, combined with the extremely dry ground, will continue to produce an enhanced fire risk. Burning is not advised and in many cases, is prohibited due to the tinder dry conditions. Area fire departments are continuing their bans on open burning. Those departments who have reported burning bans include Effingham, Teutopolis, Shumway, Watson, Altamont, Montrose, Edgewood Bi-County, Beecher City Tri-County, Dieterich, Sigel, Farina, St. Peter and St. Elmo.

Each department has made an exception for those who want to grill outside, but included a request that those doing outside grilling make sure no embers blow away and ignite a fire.