Scattered showers and thunderstorms could pop up across Kansas City’s northland Thursday evening.
Storms started to develop over northeast Kansas Thursday afternoon and could make their way to the Kansas City area.
The storms are possible in parts of Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Platte, Ray and Jackson counties in the Kansas City area through 8 p.m., the National Weather Service in Kansas City said via Twitter.
These storms could produce gusty winds, small hail and brief downpours.
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Scattered thunderstorms are possible through the weekend, however severe weather is not expected.
A bigger concern for the Kansas City area is a looming massive heat wave that could arrive in the middle of next week. Forecasts are suggesting that Kansas City, and other parts of the country, probably will face a prolonged period of potentially dangerous heat beginning Wednesday.
Temperatures in the 90s with heat index values between 100 to 110 degrees are possible by Wednesday. The heat wave is expected to continue for much of the remainder of the month.
Kansas City won’t be alone. The central part of United States is likely to see the brunt of the heat, but the heat wave is expected to affect most of the country, except the Pacific Northwest.