The Labor Day weekend will start under a heat advisory as abundant sunshine and hot temperatures push heat indices near 105 degrees.
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo., has issued a heat advisory for much of the region Friday and for the Kansas City metropolitan area through Saturday.
The warmest temperatures of summer will roll into the area Friday as temperatures will climb into the upper 90s in many areas and may even top at 100 degrees in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.
Heat indices will climb as high as 105 degrees by mid-afternoon Friday.
Because of the heat, many Missouri high schools have changed kickoff times for Friday and Saturday games.
Saturday will be very warm too, especially along and south of the Missouri River. Highs are expected to reach into the upper 90s with heat indices as high as 103 degrees.
Because there are many outdoor activities this weekend, the National Weather Service is urging people to take extreme caution, especially between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The National Weather Service said people should have a plan to beat the heat because heat related illnesses are possible.
Information about cooling centers is available by calling 211, the United Way’s help line. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, including Labor Day.
The Salvation Army announced it would go out on water patrol with its emergency mobile feeding canteen filled with cases of cold bottled water and other drinks.
Salvation Army volunteers will hand out the drinks to the homeless and others in the heat this afternoon.
The Salvation Army also distributes fans and air conditioners to people who qualify. For more information about the Fan Club, call 816-968-9432.
A cold front will arrive Sunday, bringing the possibility of thunderstorms, primarily to northern Missouri. Then much cooler air will move in.
Highs Sunday are expected to be in the lower- to middle-90s.
Labor Day will see highs in the upper-70s to lower-80s.
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