The wet and chilly weekend brought brief relief, but searing heat and smothering humidity have returned to Kansas City, and storms will be possible throughout the week.
The National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill issued a heat advisory for the Kansas City area until 8 p.m. Tuesday, expecting temperatures to reach the mid- to upper-90s with a maximum heat index of 105 to 110 degrees.
Thunderstorms were also in the mix for Tuesday, but the chance of storms has been decreasing, meteorologist Jenni Laflin said.
The extreme heat can be explained by a few factors, Laflin said, including hot temperatures moving east from the plains and plenty of local sunshine.
And, of course, there’s the humidity.
Laflin said the rainy weekend meant there was “lots of local moisture hanging around.” She also pointed to developing corn crops as culprits in high humidity.
Corn is “a big contributor because it stores a lot of moisture, and it’s a tall plant,” Laflin said.
The weather service urged people to take precautions against the dangers of the heat by:
▪ Drinking plenty of water
▪ Rescheduling outdoor activities to evening or morning times; if that isn’t possible, take breaks somewhere cool or shaded
▪ Wearing comfortable, lightweight clothing
▪ Staying indoors, preferably somewhere with air conditioning
▪ Checking on folks who are known to be without air conditioning
Kansas City has opened its community centers as cooling centers during the day and offers more advice for how to treat and react to heat-related trauma. For example, if you suspect a case of heat stroke, call 911, move the affected person to a cooler place and put cold towels on the neck, armpits and groin areas.
The forecast for the week calls for more heat and chances for storms in the late night and early morning hours, Laflin said. The heat advisory ends Tuesday night because cloud cover is expected to bring temperatures down a few degrees.