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May 14, 2013

It’s not the humidity Tuesday, it’s the heat

If the temperatures reach into the 90s as expected, Kansas City will have record highs. It will feel more like mid-July than mid-May.

If it wasn’t for the lack of high humidity, you might swear the calendar flipped forward a couple months.

A large, hot and dry air mass will spread across eastern Kansas and Missouri Tuesday bringing the chance of record high temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Add in gusty southwest winds and the National Weather Service says it will feel more like mid-July.

There will be a heightened fire danger threat Tuesday afternoon and winds gust 15 to 25 mph.

In downtown Kansas City, temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s Tuesday. Winds are expected to be 10 to 18 mph, with gusts up to 28 mph.

The record high is 91 degrees, which was recorded in 1941.

Tuesday night’s low is expected to be in the mid- 60s.

A weak cold front will stall over Missouri Wednesday afternoon, bringing the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A much stronger storm system will move into the area on Sunday, bringing the chance of strong to severe thunderstorms.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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