Dangerous heat is expected to return to the Kansas City area Tuesday, and it could be a few days before relief comes.
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a heat advisory for the Kansas City area from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Highs are expected to reach the middle to upper 90s, with the temperature feeling as hot as 107 degrees.
The combination of the high temperatures and humidity could create a hazardous environment, and heat illnesses are possible.
The National Weather Service is urging people to drink plenty of fluids and stay in an air-conditioned room. People are urged to stay out of the sun and check on relatives, neighbors, children and pets.
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The dangerous heat is expected to linger for a few days, with the heat index probably remaining below 105 degrees on Wednesday but possibly climbing above 105 degrees on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the storms are not expected to be severe or produce heavy rain.
For those seeking relief from the heat, many libraries and community centers in the Kansas City area serve as cooling centers.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has an online tool that helps find designated cooling centers by ZIP code.
The United Way’s 2-1-1- hotline also has information on cooling centers in the Kansas City area.
All eight Salvation Army community centers across the Kansas City metro area will serve as cooling centers.
Salvation Army community center locations are:
Bellefontaine Community Center, 3013 E. Ninth St.
Blue Valley Community Center, 6618 E. Truman Road
Westport Community Center, 500 W. 39th St.
Northland Community Center, 5306 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, North
Southland Community Center, 6111 E. 129th St., Grandview
Independence Community Center, 14700 E. Truman Rd., Independence
Harbor Light Village, 6723 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
Olathe Community Center, 420 E. Santa Fe, Olathe
The Salvation Army also distributes fans and air conditioners to low-income families through its Fan Club Program.