KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The excessively-high temperatures that have already baked parts of Kansas the last few days are expected to move into the Kansas City area on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the entire Kansas City area through Friday night, but the high temps are expected to stick around longer than that.
41 Action Weather Meteorologist Brett Anthony’s forecasted high is 102 for Wednesday, with highs above 100 for all but one day in his seven-day forecast.
Brett says overnight lows might only drop to between 80 and 85. “When you have that,” Brett says, “you don’t have any relief.”
Even as the heat moves into eastern Kansas and western Missouri, other parts of the Sunflower State aren't getting a break from the heat.
Northwest and north-central Kansas is under a red flag warning through Wednesday, meaning high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity pose a serious risk of fire.
The National Weather Service says several western Kansas towns set records Monday, including 113 at Rawlins, Lane and Norton and 112 in Rooks, Trego and Thomas. Temperatures are forecast to reach around 110 on Tuesday.
A heat advisory is in effect for most of central Kansas through Tuesday evening, with high humidity and temperatures making it feel like 105 degrees or more.
A hazardous weather advisory is in effect for the rest of the state, with the metropolitan Kansas City area under excessive heat watch.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an ozone warning Tuesday, a day after high ozone levels were detected in the Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita areas. KDHE officials said excessive heat can help generate ozone.
The agency says unhealthy levels of ozone can cause coughing, throat irritation, chest pain and shortness of breath. Other concerns include aggravation of asthma and an increased likelihood of respiratory infection.
KDHE recommends limiting outdoor exercise, other strenuous activity and children's activities during the afternoon and evening. Officials are also urging the public to drive as little as possible.
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