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Temps hit 107 at KCI — and 111 in southern Johnson County

At 107 degrees by 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, Kansas City broke the day’s heat record and recorded the summer’s highest temperatures.

It was even hotter elsewhere.

Though the official record-keeping location at KCI was registering 107, it was 109 degrees in downtown Kansas City and New Century AirCenter near Gardner hit 111. Olathe: 110.

The day’s heat record was 104 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s a lot drier than it has been in the last several weeks, so the temperature is able to rise a lot higher than if there was moisture in the air,” said Derek Deroche of the weather service.

Power problems caused by the heat led to an outage about 3:30 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

The hospital’s emergency generators kicked in immediately fully restoring power, hospital spokeswoman Shannon Cates said. Patient care was not affected, she said.

Cates said KCP sent two crews to the hospital and had re-established power by about 5 p.m.

There may be some relief later this week. The best chance of rain is Thursday, which could drop high temperatures into the 90s for the end of the week.

We won’t be the only ones benefiting from rain and slightly cooler temperatures.

The heat lowers oxygen levels in water, causing problems for the fish. Low water levels and algae growth isn’t helping.

“Our people who work with fisheries, for a week or two now, have been starting to get calls daily about fish kills in smaller ponds,” said Bill Graham with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Wildlife is faring a little better and Graham has seen no major problems so far.

“They are stressed, but they tend to stay in the shade, out of the sun, and they do OK,” he said.

The Star’s James Hart and Alan Bavley contributed to this report.

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