Heat warning for much of central US

Staff Writer

    CHICAGO (AP) — High temperatures and humidity will bake much of the central U.S. this week, making it feel as hot as 115 degrees in some places and leading some cities to open cooling stations and take other precautions.
    The high pressure system, sometimes called a ‘‘heat dome,’’ will push conditions to their hottest point so far this summer, though record hot temperatures are not expected, according to the National Weather Service. Authorities from Minnesota to Louisiana are warning people to take precautions and check on the elderly and other vulnerable neighbors and relatives.
    The temperature in the South Dakota capital of Pierre reached 105 degrees Wednesday afternoon. Misty Black Bear, who works for the state, watched as her new chocolate ice cream cone immediately started melting in the sun. She said she’s fortunate her office has air conditioning.
    State workers Katie Hruska and Kelsey Weber ate ice cream in the shade but planned to head right back inside when they were done.
    ‘‘I eat ice cream in the winter, too, because it’s delicious,’’ Hruska said. ‘‘But, did we pick ice cream today because it’s hot? Yes.’’
    In Missouri, officials blamed heat for the death last week of an elderly woman in St. Louis County.
    And officials at the Canterbury Park track near Minneapolis canceled live horse racing on Thursday, when the heat index was expected to exceed 110 degrees.