Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Heat Goes on, but Many Go out Joggers, Skaters Find 95 a Walk in the Park

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Heat Goes on, but Many Go out Joggers, Skaters Find 95 a Walk in the Park

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On the eighth day of the current heat wave, some residents remained convinced that the heat alert was meant for other people. Forest Park was teeming Wednesday with golfers, in-line skaters, joggers, power-walkers and handball players, in spite of health officials' warnings that vigorous physical exercise may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

"My doctor is a runner, and he says go for it," said Bob Stone, 75, of St. Louis, relaxing in the shade after a game of handball. "We don't overdo it, and we watch out for each other."

Fred Julius, 69, of St. Louis, said he and his friends play handball year-round, regardless of the weather. "We'll be out here scraping ice off the courts in the winter," he said.

The official high Wednesday was 95 degrees, and the heat index was 108, said Steve Bennett, a meteorologist at WeatherData Inc., a private forecasting firm in Wichita, Kan. He predicted "more of the same" for the next four or five days.

Health officials reported five cases of heat-related illness Wednesday in St. Louis and three in St. Louis County. No deaths were reported.

The air quality Wednesday ranked poor, due to high ozone levels - but it wasn't quite so bad as expected.

On Tuesday, the American Lung Association and the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership had declared Wednesday an Ozone Action Day. Don Kueneke at the Lung Association said Wednesday afternoon that the thunderstorms Tuesday night and the partial cloud cover and light breeze Wednesday helped lower the ozone level somewhat, in spite of the heat. Kueneke called for another Ozone Action Day today.

On Ozone Action Days, businesses and individuals are urged to voluntarily avoid activities that produce hydrocarbon emissions that lead to the formation of excessive ozone.

Kueneke also noted that when air quality reaches a reading of poor, people with respiratory infections or conditions are advised to stay indoors.

Outdoors was where Carl Krings wanted to be on Wednesday - at least until he got dizzy. …

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