Kansas City to be ‘hotter than earlier thought’ Friday

It’s going to be a hot day in Kansas City — possibly the hottest day of the year so far.

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast, saying it’s going to be hotter in Kansas City than earlier thought, so it has placed the greater metropolitan area under an excessive heat warning until 9 p.m. Friday.

Dangerous, oppressive heat is expected in the Kansas City area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri, where temperatures are expected to climb into the middle to upper 90s and the heat index values will range from 110 to 115 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Conditions on Friday look very similar to July 14 when temperatures reached 96 degrees in Kansas City — the hottest day so far this year, the National Weather Service said on its Facebook page.

Central and northwest Missouri won’t escape the heat either. Highs are expected to rise into the low to middle 90s, with the heat index values reaching 105 to 110 degrees.

For a complete list of cooling centers, go the the United Way of Greater Kansas City 2-1-1’s website by pressing here.

A few showers and thunderstorms are possible Friday morning across eastern Kansas and western Missouri, but these storms are not expected to be severe.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening across Nebraska and western Iowa. These storms could move into northern Missouri Friday night, possibly bringing gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service.

The isolated severe storms will likely remain north of Interstate 70.

Dangerous heat is also expected again Saturday in the Kansas City area, with heat index values reaching as high as 110 degrees.

There’s a chance for severe storms across most of the area Saturday night. Damaging winds are the primary threat. Heavy rains are possible, which could persist into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

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