The month of July was the sixth-hottest month on record for the state of Missouri, dating back to 1895 -- and it was the hottest month overall in the Show-Me State since the 1980 heat wave.
Pat Guinan is both the state's official climatologist and a climatology professor at the University of Missouri -- Columbia. He says there have been numerous days this month where much of the state experienced triple-digit temperatures.
The nearly three-week heat wave has claimed another victim.
St. Louis City officials announced today that 90-year-old Earline Walker died July 24 at her home on Semple Ave. Window air-conditioning units were blowing hot air when her family found her body that morning.
Semple is the sixth confirmed victim in the city. As of July 29, there were 14 heat-related deaths in the St. Louis region.
Another heat-related death has been reported in Madison County, Ill.
Mildred M. Guide, 79, of Collinsville, Ill. is the latest person to fall victim to this season's sweltering weather, the Madison County Coroner announced in a statement.
According to the coroner's statement, Guide's home had a working air conditioner installed, but that it had been turned off. The temperature inside the house was reportedly near a possible 100 degrees.
Two dogs, kept as family pets, were also found dead inside the home, the coroner's statement said.
The City of St. Louis Department of Health has reported its fourth heat-related death of this year.
An 86-year-old woman was found by family members at her residence in the 4500 block of Red Bud on July 23. The residence had window air conditioning units, but they were not functioning properly.
The Department of Health said that the family members reportedly checked on the woman every day.
If you, or someone you know does not have an air conditioner or needs energy assistance, the Health Department recommends calling the United Way at 1-800-427-4626 or 211 if calling from a land line phone. Assistance can also be obtained by contacting Cool Down St. Louis at 314-241-7668, the Department of Health said.
A coroner in southwestern Illinois says the heat wave gripping the region is blamed in two deaths.
St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that both men were found dead Wednesday night.
The body of 72-year-old Willie Gill of East St. Louis was found in a ditch near a home where he occasionally stayed. Stone described Gill as a transient and said his body temperature was 106.5 degrees.
The city of St. Louis has confirmed a third heat-related death.
The latest victim is a 79-year-old woman who lived alone in an apartment in the 2900 block of Cass. She had a functioning window AC unit that she used mostly at night, and which was not turned on when officials found her early Wednesday.
The city also reported six heat-related illnesses on Wednesday.