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More dangerous heat for One Direction fans and everyone else outdoors in KC

Heat rising off of the pavement along Grand Boulevard made people appear as though they were melting in the afternoon sun on Tuesday in Kansas City.
Heat rising off of the pavement along Grand Boulevard made people appear as though they were melting in the afternoon sun on Tuesday in Kansas City. skeyser@kcstar.com

From paddlers embarking on the Missouri 340 river race in the morning to One Direction fans filling Arrowhead Stadium in the evening, Kansas Citians faced yet another brutally hot and humid day on Tuesday. But a cold front will bring a little relief and perhaps a lot of rain overnight.

Tuesday’s high will be in the middle to upper 90s, and heat index values will be between 105 and 115, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo. An excessive heat warning is in effect until 9 p.m. The temperature was likely to break 90 degrees by noon, with the heat index hitting 100.

A cold front is likely to bring thunderstorms on Tuesday night, possibly producing heavy rainfall. Storm chances increase in the early morning hours. Then drier air will move in for the rest of the week.

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.

With the temperature expected to be at least 90 degrees into the evening, Arrowhead Stadium issued a warning for One Direction concert-goers to stay hydrated, use sunscreen and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Guests may bring one factory-sealed bottle of water into the stadium. Bottled water is also available for purchase.

Guests may also bring an additional empty personal water bottle to refill at water fountains inside the stadium.

There also will be water misting fans at Gate G on street level and on the upper level of the Gate F and Hy-Vee gate spirals.

Parking lots open at 3:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30, and the show is scheduled to start at 7.

Highs are forecast to drop into the mid to upper 80s from Wednesday through Friday.

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