Dangerous heat, humidity returns to Kansas City for weekend

If you haven’t made it outside yet, be warned: it is already beginning to feel very sticky and humid in Kansas City.

The metropolitan area’s brief break from summer is coming to an end and the oppressive heat and humidity returns prompting the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill to issue a heat advisory for the Kansas City metropolitan area from Friday afternoon through early Saturday evening.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, temperatures reached 86 degrees in downtown Kansas City. The temperatures were expected to be even warmer Friday and Saturday, with highs topping out in the mid 90s.

When the increased humidity is factored in, the temperature will feel closer to 104 and 109 degrees on both days.

The National Weather Service was urging people to prepare for the next couple days of dangerous heat and humidity by starting to hydrate Thursday. They also recommended that people leave their pets at home when running errands the next few days. The temperature inside a vehicle can climb over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Isolated and scattered thunderstorms are possible Friday night. No severe weather is expected, but heavy downpours could occur with any storms that develop.

Pulse-type storms are expected Saturday. A few strong storms could produce heavy downpours with localized flooding. There could also be gusty winds and small hail.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.