KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) - With the extreme heat and humidity of a brutal Midwestern summer, high school teams preparing for fall sports are being forced to take it easy, or take it indoors.
Monday was the first day of practice at Missouri high schools. KTVI-TV reports that strict rules are now in place. Breaks every 30 minutes are mandatory when the heat index hits 95 degrees. Breaks must be every 15 minutes at a heat index of 100 degrees. At 105 degrees, practice has to stop or move inside.
Many teams are now practicing indoors as the heat index this week could reach well above 105 degrees. Others are practicing early morning, such as the Parkway West football team that began its Tuesday practice at 6:30 a.m.
The hot spell is expected to continue through at least the weekend.
Information from: KTVI-TV, http://www.fox2now.com/