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With highs near 100 degrees, Kansas City could set record

Updated: 2013-09-09T14:48:53Z

The Kansas City region could be in store for a record-setting day as highs reach near 100 degrees Monday.

The record high for Kansas City on this date was 99 degrees in 1938, 1947 and 1970, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

Monday’s highs are expected to be between 95 and 100 degrees.

Weather this hot is unusual this late in the year. The hottest day for the year in Kansas City has fallen in September only eight times, according to the Facebook page for the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The warmest September day was 109 degrees in 1947. The average last 100-degree day in Kansas City is Aug. 14.

The unseasonably hot conditions are expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon.

Afternoon heat indices should remain near the actual air temperature because of lower humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

Still, heat indices will range from the middle 90s south of the Missouri River to 100 degrees over northern Missouri.

There’s also an elevated fire danger threat Monday afternoon. Dry native grasses, low humidity and gusty southwest winds increases the risk of fires growing rapidly, according to the National Weather Service.

A cold front is expected to bring scattered thunderstorms to most of the region Wednesday night. Severe storms are not expected.

As the cold front moves through, it will bring relief from the heat. The weekend is expected to be pleasant, starting with Friday’s highs around 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, the long stretch of hot, dry weather the past few weeks has allowed drought conditions to worsen across much of northern Missouri. Some locations experienced their driest month of August on record.

| Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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