Kansas City’s first 90-degree day is expected to arrive later this week — a tad later than usual.
The metro area typically has seen its first 90-degree day of the year by now — the average first 90-degree day of the year is May 27.
This year, the first 90-degree day will likely be Thursday or Friday. The last 90-degree day in Kansas City was Sept. 17.
The week starts with normal to slightly below normal temperatures.
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Highs are expected to be in the mid-80s Monday, and then a slight cooldown moves in with the highs dipping to the mid-70s Tuesday, said Dan Hawblitzel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
The Kansas City area could see some scattered to isolated storms Monday, but the storms aren’t expected to produce much rainfall.
“Then we will start warming up for the end of the week, reaching the 90s by Thursday and Friday,” Hawblitzel said. “It’s a little warmer than normal — normal highs this time of year is 81.”
The highs will be above normal but likely won’t break any records.
“It looks like the heat will continue into the weekend,” he said. “We are not seeing significant chance for rains until early next week.”
The heat index is expected to be in the middle to upper 90s.
“It’s just the first time dealing with the heat this year, so just be sure to take it easy and to take the proper precautions,” Hawblitzel said.