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Dangerous heat descends on Kansas City for the fourth straight day

Mitch Randolph (left) operated a forklift while moving pallets on Monday in Prairie Village as the Salvation Army picked up a new supply of more than 1,000 box fans from Westlake Ace Hardware to distribute to those in need.
Mitch Randolph (left) operated a forklift while moving pallets on Monday in Prairie Village as the Salvation Army picked up a new supply of more than 1,000 box fans from Westlake Ace Hardware to distribute to those in need. skeyser@kcstar.com

Another dangerously hot, humid day is in store for Kansas City. An excessive heat warning is effect Monday afternoon with highs in the middle 90s and heat index values of at least 105.

A heat advisory was already in effect for much of the area as heat index readings rose into the 90s on Monday morning. This is the fourth consecutive day of hazardous heat, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

The National Weather Service is urging people to take extra precautions if they work or spend time outside. People should drink plenty of water, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or late evening, and wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.

Those working outside should take frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Many libraries, senior centers and community centers are open as cooling stations during extreme heat. For a complete and searchable list of cooling centers, go the the United Way of Greater Kansas City 2-1-1’s website by pressing here.

On Monday, the Salvation Army picked up more than 1,000 box fans in Prairie Village from Westlake Ace Hardware to distribute to those in need. Westlake recently hosted a fan drive to benefit the Salvation Army, and Kansas City area customers donated enough funds to purchase 1,028 new box fans for the organization.

A cold front is expected to bring some relief Tuesday evening and Wednesday, and may be accompanied by a few strong storms Tuesday night. Highs are forecast to drop into the mid 80s on Wednesday and Thursday.

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