After we’ve been spoiled by this summer’s earlier cool temperatures, there’s no kind way to say it — it’s going to be hot all week.
The late-summer heat will hang around through the weekend with highs running about 10 degrees above average, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
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That means people should expect the temperature to reach the middle- to upper-90s each afternoon, with the prolonged period of heat running into the weekend.
Add in the humidity and heat index values soar to the 98-to-103-degree range, according the National Weather Service.
Overnight lows in the urban core of Kansas City are expected to drop only to the middle- to upper-70s, while rural areas will see lows from the upper-60s to lower-70s.
The cumulative effects of the hot and humid weather, combined with the limited relief at night, will lead to potentially dangerous conditions for those sensitive to the heat, according to the National Weather Service.
People working and exercising outside should drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and wear loose-fitting clothing.
With the heat comes concerns about drought conditions.
Rainfall across the region diminished as temperatures climbed above normal.
Most of the northern half of Missouri is abnormally dry, with some areas of eastern Kansas and northern Missouri north of the Missouri River experiencing moderate drought conditions, according to the National Weather Service.
The heat and lack of precipitation may allow the drought to expand within the next few weeks.