An excessive heat warning has been issued for the Kansas City area on Wednesday, when the heat index is expected to reach 111 degrees in some areas.
The National Weather Service put the warning in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday for Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas and Platte, Clay and Jackson counties in Missouri.
Highs are expected to reach the middle to upper 90s. With high relative humidity, the heat index will range from 106 to 111 degrees. Heat-related illnesses are possible if precautions are not taken.
The National Weather Service advises people to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening and to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. People should also drink plenty of water.
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Pets and young children should not be left unattended in vehicles. During hot weather, a car interior can reach lethal temperatures in minutes, according to the National Weather Service.
A weak cold front is expected to settle into northern Missouri on Wednesday night into Thursday, which will bring slightly cooler temperatures and a chance of thunderstorms late Thursday and early Friday. Highs on Thursday and Friday will be in the lower 90s, according to the National Weather Service.
Saturday is expected to be dry with a high in the lower 90s. A chance of showers and thunderstorms returns Sunday.