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‘It’s only going to get worse’: Heat index to soar over 100 degrees in Kansas City

KC ‘not going to cool off that much’: FOX4 meteorologist Gary Frank

The beginning of the work week has gotten off to a hot start in Kansas City and it's not going to cool off that much Monday night. The heat will only be worse on Tuesday when it's expected to peak in the metro area.
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The beginning of the work week has gotten off to a hot start in Kansas City and it's not going to cool off that much Monday night. The heat will only be worse on Tuesday when it's expected to peak in the metro area.

It will be a dangerous and uncomfortable start to the work week in the Kansas City area as the heat index is expected to climb over 100 degrees on Monday, according to the local FOX4 television station.

“Later on today it is going to be hot and humid with highs topping out in the lower 90s — and that’s just the air temperature,” said FOX4 meteorologist Karli Ritter, who provided the weather update to The Star.

Ritter said it will feel even warmer than that, with the heat index climbing into the triple digits Monday afternoon.

Don’t expect much relief either.

“It’s not going to cool off that much at night,” said FOX4 meteorologist Gary Frank in an updated forecast.

It’ll only be worse on Tuesday, which is when the peak heat is expected to happen.

There will be some spots where the heat index will be nearing 100 degrees by 10 a.m. Tuesday, Frank said. Kansas City’s heat index is expected to be between 105 and 110 degrees by Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity could cause heat stress or heat stroke. The very young, elderly, those without air conditioning and those outdoors will be the most at risk. Car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in minutes, according to the weather service.

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The Star produced this weather update in partnership with the local FOX4 television station. The station’s meteorologists create forecast videos multiple times a day for the newspaper to include in its weather reports.

There’s a chance for showers and strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday morning, but there’s some uncertainty the track of those storms.

“We are going to see where this moves,” Frank said. “I still think this is more of a central Missouri type of thing. We may be on the tail edge of it.”

The beginning of the work week will get off to a hot and humid start as the heat index will climb over 100 degrees Monday, according to FOX4 meteorologist Karli Ritter. But Tuesday will be worse as the peak heat of the week is expected to strike.

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National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill

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