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Muggy day ahead for Boulevardia, Juneteenth Festival. Storms to arrive after sunset.

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Kansas City is in for a muggy day ahead of storms just after sunset according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

Jared Leighton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a round of thunderstorms is expected to arrive north of Highway 36 in Missouri between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and dip down into the metro area at or shortly after sunset.

Tornadoes are not expected in these storms but strong winds, hail and flooding are possible, Leighton said.

Until then, those attending outdoor events such as Boulevardia and the Juneteenth festival at 18th and Vine should expect “oppressive heat” with temperatures climbing into the 80s, Leighton said.

“Anyone who’s been outside today has already felt that it’s really muggy,” Leighton said.

Jenna Smith, spokeswoman for Boulevardia, said if tonight’s storms prevent the festival from continuing outside most of the festivities can be moved inside to Hy-Vee Arena and Hale Arena.

Further west in Bazaar, Kansas, the Kansas City Symphony’s annual Symphony in the Flint Hills was canceled. The Kansas City Symphony posted on its site: “Unfortunately, we cannot safely host the event. We also don’t want to put any lives in danger due to the storms in the forecast......While there are no refunds or exchanges for event tickets, Symphony In the Flint Hills appreciates your support of our mission.”

The Flint Hills Media Project posted on Facebook that this is the first time in 14 years the event has been postponed.

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Katie Bernard covers Kansas crime, cops and courts for the Kansas City Star. She joined the Star in May of 2019. Katie studied journalism and political science at the University of Kansas.
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